INTRODUCTION Ghana and the Upper Volta have signed a treaty agreeing to the joint demarcation of their common border.
SV President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta arriving in motorcade in Paga, Ghana
SV Official marquee with Upper Voltese and Ghanaian flags flying
GV Lamizana walking forward and greeting Ghanaian head of state Ignatius Acheampong
SV Lamizana greeting others
LVs & CU Lamizana inspecting guard of honour (3 shots)
SV PAN both leaders walking and waving to crowd
CU Both leaders shaking hands with officials
SVs & CUs Crowd watching and both leaders signing border agreement (5 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION Ghana and the Upper Volta have signed a treaty agreeing to the joint demarcation of their common border. The exact lines of their frontier have always been vague since the British colonised Ghana, the then Gold Coast, and the French occupied Upper Volta.
SYNOPSIS: The signing ceremony took place at the former village of Paga, in Ghana.
The treaty was signed by President Sangoule Lamizana of the Upper Volta, and Ghanaian head of state, General Ignatius Acheampong.
The two countries have a 236 mile-long (380 kilometres) common frontier. So far, the joint Ghana-Upper Volta Border Commission has marked 133 miles (215 kms) of it. After the formal welcome and inspection of the guard of honour there were traditional dance and speeches by the two Presidents.
General Acheampong praised the work of the joint Border Commission and said the marking of the remaining 102 miles (165 kms) should not present any difficulties. He said frontier problems had sometimes brought about serious and even tragic incidents.
But the border demarcation was not meant to divide the peoples of the two countries since they were linked historically, culturally and geographically, he said. President Lamizana said it was hoped the signing of the treaty would set an example to other countries of how to resolve border differences peacefully.