• Short Summary

    OFFICIALS AT NIGERIA'S HIGH COMMISSION IN DAR-ES-SALAAM ARE MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR THEIR MISSION'S COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL FOLLOWING TANZANIA'S RECOGNITION OF BIAFRA, NIGERIA'S BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION.

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    OFFICIALS AT NIGERIA'S HIGH COMMISSION IN DAR-ES-SALAAM ARE MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR THEIR MISSION'S COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL FOLLOWING TANZANIA'S RECOGNITION OF BIAFRA, NIGERIA'S BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION.

    IT IS STILL NOT CLEAR WHETHER LAGOS HAS ACTUALLY BROKEN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH TANZANIA. REPORTS FROM LAGOS HAVE SPOKEN ONLY OF IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER AND HIS STAFF FROM DAR-ES-SALAAM.

    BUT THE HIGH COMMISSION IS NO LONGER FLYING ITS FLAG AND THE NIGERIAN COAT-OF-ARMS BEEN TAKEN DOWN.

    TANZANIA'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IT WAS RECOGNISING BIAFRA AS "AN INDEPENDENT SOVEREIGN ENTITY" CAME A WEEK AGO LAST SATURDAY(13 APRIL AND WAS DESCRIBED BY NIGERIA AS "A HOSTILE ACT BY A COUNTRY IT HAD SINCERELY TREATED AS A FRIEND".

    THE ANNOUNCEMENT SAID THE REGION'S IBO TRIBESMEN HAD PROVED TO THE WORLD THEY WERE READY TO STRUGGLE FOR THEMSELVES.

    TANZANIA IS THE FIRST NATION TO RECOGNISE THE BIAFRAN REGIME, STILL ENGAGED IN CONFLICT WITH THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT.

    BIAFRA DECLARED ITS INDEPENDENCE FROM THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT ON 30 MAY LAST YEAR. COMMENTING ON TANZANIA'S RECOGNITION MAJOR-GENERAL PHILIP EFIONG, OFFICER ADMINISTRATING THE BIAFRAN GOVERNMENT, SAID IT REPRESENTED A WAY IN WHICH AFRICAN COUNTRIES COULD HELP STOP THE NIGERIAN CONFLICT.

    BIAFRA'S REPRESENTATIVE IN DAR-ES-SALAAM MR AUSTINE OKWU, SAID THAT HIS PEOPLE WERE VERY GRATEFUL TO TANZANIA AND PRESIDENT NYERERE FOR TAKING THE INITIATIVE IN RECOGNISING BIAFRA. THEY LOOKED FORWARD, HE SAID, TO OTHER COUNTRIES TAKING THE SAME STEP.

    SO FAR, HOWEVER, ONLY THE IVORY COAST HAS SAID THAT IT IS CONSIDERING RECOGNITION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8U1WWMW7YN1E2UOUPD05HAKAV
    Media URN:
    VLVA8U1WWMW7YN1E2UOUPD05HAKAV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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