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    INTRODUCTION Long-delayed talks to decide the future of France's last African territory began in Paris on Monday (28 February).

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    INTRODUCTION Long-delayed talks to decide the future of France's last African territory began in Paris on Monday (28 February). Political leaders from the Territory of the Afars and Issas - better known as Djibouti - are in the French capital to try and fix a date for a referendum on independence. They continued their talks on Wednesday (2 March) at the French Minister for Overseas Territories.

    SYNOPSIS: The Paris talks were originally scheduled for January and were to have brought together the French authorities and representatives of all political groups from the territory. But the French organisers had to postpone the meeting twice because of opposition to it from some political groups. The National union for Independence Party from the territory has announced it is boycotting the talks. The delegates in Paris have been examining the possibility of arranging general elections before independence is declared. There are also hopes of possible cooperation agreements between France and the future independent state.

    The French authorities are reported to favour a declaration of full independence not later than the first of July. That would avoid further criticism of France's role in the territory from the Organisation of African Unity, which holds its summit in July.

    The leader of the French team at the talks is Minister for Overseas Territories, M. Olivier Stirn. The discussions on cooperation also cover the area of defence and the organisation of any army for the new state.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA621O579NF2F8AIOERSE9KDBAI
    Media URN:
    VLVA621O579NF2F8AIOERSE9KDBAI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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