• Short Summary

    PEACE TALKS OPENED BETWEEN FEDERAL NIGERIA AND SECESSIONIST BIAFRA IN KAMPALA TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH BOTH SIDES AGREEING ON THE NEED FOR A CEASEFIRE IN THEIR 11-MONTH-OLD CIVIL WAR BUT DIFFERING ON ITS TIMING.

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    PEACE TALKS OPENED BETWEEN FEDERAL NIGERIA AND SECESSIONIST BIAFRA IN KAMPALA TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH BOTH SIDES AGREEING ON THE NEED FOR A CEASEFIRE IN THEIR 11-MONTH-OLD CIVIL WAR BUT DIFFERING ON ITS TIMING.

    PRESIDENT MILTON OBOTE, OF UGANDA, FORMALLY OPENED THE TALKS IN THE CONFERENCE HALL OF THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING.

    IN SPEECHES AT A PUBLIC OPENING SESSION, THE BIAFRANS SAID AN IMMEDIATE CESSATION OF FIGHTING SHOULD BE THE FIRST STEP OF PEACE, WHILE THE FEDERAL SIDE SAID IT WANTED DISCUSSIONS FIRST, THEN A CEASEFIRE. OBSERVERS IN THE UGANDA PARLIAMENT'S CONFERENCE HALL, WHERE THE MEETING STARTED, NOTED THAT WHILE THE TWO SIDES WERE STRONG IN CONDEMNATION OF EACH OTHER, THEY APPEARED TO BE LEAVING ROOM FOR COMPROMISE.

    THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR BROKE OUT A MONTH AFTER BIAFRA'S SECESSION FROM THE FEDERATION A YEAR AGO AND HAS GRADUALLY INCREASED IN INTENSITY IN RECENT MONTHS. AS THE TWO SIDES CAME TO THE CONFERENCE TABLE -- AFTER MONTHS OF URGING BY OTHER AFRICAN STATES -- NIGERIA HAS CAPTURED SEVERAL IMPORTANT BIAFRAN CENTRES. THE TWO SIDES CAME TO KAMPALA AFTER PRELIMINARY TALKS IN LONDON, AND THE MEETING IS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT, LED BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, MR ARNOLD SMITH, OF CANADA.

    BOTH THE FEDERAL SIDE AND THE BIAFRANS ARE REPRESENTED BY FIVE-MAN DELEGATIONS AND ARE ACCOMPANIED BY OBSERVERS. CHIEF ANTHONY ENAHORO, COMMISSIONER FOR INFORMATION IN THE LAG0S GOVERNMENT, LEADS THE FEDERAL DELEGATION, WHILE THE MAIN BIAFRAN SPOKESMAN IS CHIEF JUSTICE AND FORMER WORLD COURT JUDGE, SIR LOUIS MBANEFO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAFF4A6TFG2J6DZQUO6M533D3M
    Media URN:
    VLVAAFF4A6TFG2J6DZQUO6M533D3M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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