On the second day of his four-day official visit on Tuesday (20 July) to France, Cameroun President Ahmadou Ahidjo held a private meeting with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing at the Elysee Palace.
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GV Are de Triomphe
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GV Ahidjo lays wreath
SV PAN Ahidjo meets war veterans
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Background: On the second day of his four-day official visit on Tuesday (20 July) to France, Cameroun President Ahmadou Ahidjo held a private meeting with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing at the Elysee Palace.
SYNOPSIS: A few hours earlier, President Ahidjo paid a visit to the Are de Triomphe where he took part in a wreath-laying ceremony.
When he arrived in Paris the day before, the Cameroun leader was described by President Giscard d'Estaing as a faithful friend who proved that independence and co-operation could go hand in hand. East Cameroun, a former United Nations Trusteeship Territory administered by France, became independent in January 1960 and has been led by President Ahidjo ever since. It was joined by West Cameroun, a British-administered Trust Territory, to form a federal republic the following year. The federal republic gave way to a united republic in 1972. On this four-day visit to Paris, the Cameroun President joined the leaders of many countries who, over the years, have paid tribute to the French war dead at the base of the Arc de Triomphe.
President Ahidjo, who met French war veterans during the wreath-laying ceremony, had earlier attacked South Africa for its apartheid policies. He completely dismissed all ideas of dialogue with South Africa while the government there still practised apartheid and blamed Prime Minister John Vorster for the recent riots in Soweto where more than 100 people died. According to newspaper reports in Paris, the Cameroun leader will seek increased French aid for his West African nation during his four-day visit.