• Short Summary

    President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania has called for neighbouring Algeria to respect his country's right to "a free and sovereign life".

  • Description

    President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania has called for neighbouring Algeria to respect his country's right to "a free and sovereign life". The President made his peace call, when he addressed a special conference of the Mauritanian People's Party (PPM) in the capital of Nouakchott on Wednesday (25 January). The two countries are in dispute over the further of the Western Sahara, and the congress was called to review the situation.

    SYNOPSIS: The congress, which lasted for just one day, was attended by more than 900 delegates. All were members of the PPM, the country's only political party.

    The key speech came from President Daddah, who is also General Secretary of the PPM.

    Watched by Madame Daddah, the President, referring to the conflict in the Western Sahara, praised France and Morocco for the support they had given Mauritania. "I wish to express sour sincere gratitude", he said "for the assistance they have given us". He also thanked what were described as "certain Arab countries", who had helped Mauritania, but who wished to keep their support "discreet". He then denounced "Algerian expansionism", saying that Algeria claimed not only Mauritania also but "almost all countries, who had a common frontier" with it.

    The Mauritanian people, he said respected Algeria "very much", but he doubted whether this call for peace would be any better received than previous appeals made by him. And he added that he felt further actions against Mauritania were already being planned.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA0S0UV7NQ2Z4GC6AYAWOWGF3S
    Media URN:
    VLVAA0S0UV7NQ2Z4GC6AYAWOWGF3S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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