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    THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF BURUNDI, MR. MANIRAKIZA, HAS CRITICISED THE UNITED STATES FOR THE EXPULSION?

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    THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF BURUNDI, MR. MANIRAKIZA, HAS CRITICISED THE UNITED STATES FOR THE EXPULSION OF THE BURUNDI AMBASSADOR. THIS ACTION, TAKEN ON SUNDAY, WAS "AN ARBITRARY MEASURE BOUND TO IMPAIR RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES," ACCORDING TO MR. MANIRAKAZI.

    EARLIER, BURUNDI EXPELLED THREE AMERICAN ENVOYS, INCLUDING THE AMBASSADOR, MR. DONALD DUMONT, WHO FLEW INTO LEOPOLDVILLE, IN THE CONGO YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

    MR. MANIRAKIZA TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE IN BURUNDI THAT THE THREE AMERICAN DIPLOMATS HAD BEEN SUSPECTED, RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY, OF BEING CONNECTED WITH LAST OCTOBER'S ABORTIVE COUP IN THE COUNTRY, AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF KING MWABUTSA IV.

    HE SAID THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF THE DIPLOMATS' "INTERFERENCE IN BURUNDI INTERNAL AFFAIRS," BUT ADDED THIS WOULD NOT BE PUBLISHED, AS IT INVOLVED STATE SECRETS.

    MR. DUMONT AND TWO OF HIS TOP AIDES WERE GIVEN 24 HOURS TO LEAVE BURUNDI. THE AIDES ARE MR. THOMPSON BUCHANAN, FIRST COUNSELLOR AT THE EMBASSY IN BUJUMBURA, THE CAPITAL, AND MR. NICHOLAS MILROY, CHIEF OF THE AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTRE.

    BUJUMBURA RADIO SAID THAT WHILE THE MEASURE WAS TAKEN FOR "INTERVENTION IN BURUNDI INTERNAL AFFAIRS", IT DID NOT MEAN THAT DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES HAD BEEN BROKEN. A GREEK EMPLOYEE AT THE AMERICAN EMBASSY, GREGOIRE PANAYATIDES, WAS ALSO DECLARED PERSONA NON GRATA AND GIVEN 48 HOURS TO LEAVE.

    BURUNDI IS PART OF THE FORMER BELGIAN TRUSTEESHIP TERRITORY, RWANDA-URUNDI, SITUATED BETWEEN THE CONGO (LEOPOLDVILLE) AND TANZANIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7N36MMP0022O5FQI6QN9ALS6N
    Media URN:
    VLVA7N36MMP0022O5FQI6QN9ALS6N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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