• Short Summary

    Two African Heads of State -- President Traore of Mali and President Bokassa the Central African Republic -- made stop overs in Chad on Tuesday (19 June) before flying on to further political talks.

  • Description

    Two African Heads of State -- President Traore of Mali and President Bokassa the Central African Republic -- made stop overs in Chad on Tuesday (19 June) before flying on to further political talks.

    President Traore's aircraft made a technical stop at Fort-Lamy. He was on his way to Peking for talks. In a radio speech in Chad, President Traore said Mall's stance was "active but non-aligned", which was in the interests of the people of his country and in the interests of African people generally.

    President Traore said Chad -- by breaking its relations with Israel -- was following directives laid out by the charter of the Organisation of African Unity, and was affirming its solidarity with the other nations of Africa.

    Later on Tuesday, President Bokassa of the Central African Republic arrived for a forty-eight hour stopover on his way to Libya.

    He, too, was critical of Israel, and said he would no longer continue to recognise friendship between his country and israel while it occupied Arab territories.

    President Bokassa said he had already signed a treaty of friendship and cooperation with Libya, and his talks with Colonel Gaddafi would cover both international and African problems.

    President Bokassa said African nations had both the right and duty to strengthen their ties and to be frank and honest.

    SYNOPSIS: President Traore of Mali arrived at Fort-Lamy in Chad on Tuesday for a brief stop over on his way to talks in Peking. He was greeted by representatives of President Tombalbaye and other dignitaries.

    During his hour-long visit, President Traore described Mali's foreign policy as "active but non-aligned", and in the interests of African people generally.

    President Traore said Chad, by breaking its relations with Israel, was affirming its solidarity with the other nations of Africa.

    Later in the day, chad received another African head of state -- President Bokassa of the Central African Republic, who arrived for a forty-eight-hour stop-over on his way to Libya. He was greeted by president Tombalbaye.

    President Bokassa also denounced Israel, saying he would no longer continue to recognise friendship between the two countries while Israel occupied Arab territories. He said he deplored the fact that Israel was still ignoring the recommendations of the United Nations Security Council, and refusing to withdraw its forces from Arab lands.

    President Bokassa said African nations had both the right and the duty to strengthen their ties and to be frank and honest. He said he would put into action a treaty of friendship and cooperation he had signed with Libya.

    President Bokassa was warmly received by spectators at Fort-Lamy airport.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8MZZM6RC1V5ZLONPZW7DFY66S
    Media URN:
    VLVA8MZZM6RC1V5ZLONPZW7DFY66S
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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