• Short Summary

    THE LEADER OF THE BRITAIN PEACE TALKS TEAM IN LONDON, SIR LOUIS MBANEFO, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT HE WAS LEAVING BRITAIN FOR HOME, BECAUSE NO PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE IN THE LONDON PEACE TALKS WITH THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT.

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    CU SIR LOUIS MBANEFO INTERVIEWED (SOF)
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    MBANEFO: "WE DON'T YET KNOW WHETHER LAGOS WANTS TO TALK CEASE-FIRE WHETHER THEY ARE INTERESTED IN A CEASE-FIRE".



    QUESTION: "DOES THIS MEAN THAT YOU YOURSELVES ARE NOT PREPARED TO MAKE ANY CONCESSION AT ALL AT THE MOMENT?"



    MBANEFO: "IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF CONCESSION YET. WE HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED. WE HAVE HAD SOME DISCUSSIONS WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WITH LORD SHEPHERD - AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT LAGOS' REACTIONS TO THOSE DISCUSSIONS ARE".



    QUESTION: "YOU'VE SAID THOUGH THAT PEOPLE IN BIAFRA MIGHT THINK THAT YOU ARE BEING LED INTO A TRAP BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THIS?"



    MBANEFO: "I WON'T SAY THAT I AM BEING LED INTO A TRAP. WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT BRITAIN AND BIAFRA SEE THE WAR. THEY SEE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SUPPLYING ARMS TO LAGOS - THEY SEE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TRYING TO MEDIATE AND THEY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. AND THAT'S HOW IT LOOKS. AND THEN THEY SAID NOW 'WHAT AM I DOING IN LONDON'? CAN I REALLY TALK A CEASE-FIRE WITH A GOVERNMENT THAT IS SUPPLYING ARMS TO THE OTHER SIDE WHILE WE ARE TALKING?"



    QUESTION: "DOES THIS MEAN THAT YOU ARE MAKING THE CESSATION OF THE SUPPLY OF ARMS BY BRITAIN TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT A CONDITION BEFORE YOU EVEN RESUME ANY TALKS?"



    MBANEFO: "I HAVEN'T SAID SO BUT IT CERTAINLY WILL HELP TO PROMOTE TALKS THAT STOPPED".




    Initials JP/B-SOF/CT/PC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE LEADER OF THE BRITAIN PEACE TALKS TEAM IN LONDON, SIR LOUIS MBANEFO, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT HE WAS LEAVING BRITAIN FOR HOME, BECAUSE NO PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE IN THE LONDON PEACE TALKS WITH THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT. BUT SIR LOUIS IS SAID THAT HIS RETURNING HOME DID NOT MEAN THAT HE WAS CLOSING THE DOOR ON FUTURE TALKS. HE SAID HE WOULD KEEP IN TOUCH WITH LONDON AND RETURN IF THERE WAS HOPE OF PEACE.

    SIR LOUIS TALKED ABOUT THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS AND BRITAIN'S ROLE AS A MEDIATOR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9TWN5D8BZTXZMTG9L87UD0IFD
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TWN5D8BZTXZMTG9L87UD0IFD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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