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    BRAZZAVILLE, AND A PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT ALPHONSE MASSEMBA-DEBAT OF THE CONGO REPUBLIC. HE TOLD?

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    BRAZZAVILLE, AND A PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT ALPHONSE MASSEMBA-DEBAT OF THE CONGO REPUBLIC. HE TOLD REPORTERS THAT HE HOPED "TO ARRANGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO NORMALISE OUR RELATIONS" WITH THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC.

    CHINA, HE SAID, WAS ONE OF "TWO GREAT COUNTRIES." THE OTHER WAS THE NEIGHBOURING EX-BELGIAN CONGO, WITH WHICH HE HOPED ALSO TO "NORMALISE" RELATIONS. BUT, HE ADDED, LEOPOLDVILLE'S "CAMPAIGN OF DENIGRATION" WOULD FIRST HAVE TO STOP. GENUINE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES WOULD RESULT IN A UNITED CONGO.

    HE ALSO SPOKE ON OTHER ASPECTS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS COUNTRY REMAINING NON-ALIGNED, BUT SAID HE WOULD WELCOME PACTS WITH ANY "FRIENDLY COUNTRIES" -- PROVIDED THEY RESPECTED THE AGREEMENTS.

    HE STRONGLY SUPPORTED THE CAUSE OF AFRICAN UNITY, AND SAID HIS COUNTRY WOULD PLAY HER PART IN THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY. HE THEN WENT ON TO ATTACK THE GOVERNMENTS OF SOUTH AFRICA AND PORTUGAL. "WE ARE THE VICTIMS OF MURDEROUS AGGRESSION (BY PORTUGAL) ON OUR VARIOUS FRONTIERS, "HE SAID. HE VOICED "HATRED" AT SOUTH AFRICA'S RACIAL POLICIES.

    EARLIER, HE SPOKE ON DOMESTIC MATTERS, PARTICULARLY UNEMPLOYMENT. IT WAS AT ITS WORST IN BRAZZAVILLE, AND MADE EVEN WORSE BY THE EXODUS OF PEOPLE FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE. LACK OF REGULAR FARMLAND WORKERS THREATENED THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY.

    HE SAID 95 PER CENT OF THE UNEMPLOYED WERE UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE, AND 61 PERCENT LESS THAN 19.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7SKY8HI3QSSO64LAWOOTET7I2
    Media URN:
    VLVA7SKY8HI3QSSO64LAWOOTET7I2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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