• Short Summary

    British Prime Minister, Mr Edward Heath, was informed today (Wednesday) of Nigeria's hostility to the idea of resumed arms sales by Britain to South Africa.

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    British Prime Minister, Mr Edward Heath, was informed today (Wednesday) of Nigeria's hostility to the idea of resumed arms sales by Britain to South Africa. At a meeting at NO 10, Downing Street, Nigerian Commissioner for External Affairs Dr. Okoi Arikpo repeated the view, held by African opponents to a lifting of the ban on arms sales, that this would bestow a "Certificate of respectability" on South Africa and its apartheid policies.

    The meeting, which followed those between Mr Heath and many other Commonwealth leaders, dispelled any lingering ideas that Nigeria would take a relatively soft line on the arms issue.

    Nigeria's attitude is partly determined by her belief that South Africa constitutes a direct threat to its own security. Nigeria has long claimed that South Africa played a direct part in sustaining Biafra and would thus consider the sale of arms to the Republic as a directly hostile act.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9RY8FIDPDX5MIYNAZCDA5Y1TW
    Media URN:
    VLVA9RY8FIDPDX5MIYNAZCDA5Y1TW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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