• Short Summary

    HIGHLIGHT OF NIGER'S NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS AT NIAMEY, DEC 18, WAS A GRAND PARADE WATCHED BY PRESIDENT HAMANI DIORI AND OTHER LEADERS OF THE YOUNG REPUBLIC.

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    HIGHLIGHT OF NIGER'S NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS AT NIAMEY, DEC 18, WAS A GRAND PARADE WATCHED BY PRESIDENT HAMANI DIORI AND OTHER LEADERS OF THE YOUNG REPUBLIC.

    UNDER AN IMPOSING ARRAY OF FLAGS OF MANY NATIONS, PRESIDENT HAMANI DIORI ARRIVED IN AN OPEN CAR, ESCORTED BY MOUNTED GUARDS, TO ADDRESS OFFICIAL GUESTS AND CROWDS OF SPECTATORS GATHERED IN A SQUARE OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING.

    PRESIDENT DIORI WAS LOOKING BACK ON NEARLY 1 1/2 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE FOR NIGER, WHICH BECAME A REPUBLIC UNDER FRENCH RULE ON DEC 18, 1958, AND WAS DECLARED AN AUTONOMOUS STATE BY A LAW PASSED AUG 6, 1960. SINCE THEN, NIGER HAS JOINED UNESCO AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS, AND CONCLUDED AGREEMENTS OF CO-OPERATION WITH FRANCE, THE UNITED STATES AND WEST GERMANY. NIGER'S GOOD RELATION WITH THE WORLD AT LARGE CAN BE GAUGED BY THE FACT THAT 46 FOREIGN ENVOYS ATTENDED THE NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS.

    SURROUNDED BY THREE HEADS OF STATE - THE PRESIDENTS OF DAHOMEY, UPPER VOLTA AND MAURETANIA - AND A NUMBER OF FRENCH OFFICIALS, PRESIDENT DIORI TOOK THE SALUTE AT A FOUR-HOUR MARCHPAST OF TROOPS, CALVARY, BOY SCOUTS, SCHOOL CHILDREN AND MEMBERS OF THE TRADE UNIONS.

    AFTER THE MARCHERS CAME THE DANCERS, PERFORMING TIME-HONOURED RITUALS, UNDERLINING THE STRESS LAID ON THE PRESERVATION OF TRIBAL CUSTOMS IN THIS ETHNICALLY VARIEGATED AFRICAN COMMUNITY OF 3 MILLION. THE PUBLIC SPECTACLE ENDED UP WITH A MUCH APPLAUDED CAMEL RACE.

    IN A PRESS CONFERENCE ON HOME AND FOREIGN POLICY, PRESIDENT DIORI SAID AFRICAN UNITY COULD BE BROUGHT ABOUT ONLY GRADUALLY TO AVOID SUCH MISHAPS AS THE BREAK-UP OF THE FORMER MALI FEDERATION. ON THE CONGO HE DECLARED: "LET THE CONGOLESE FIND THEIR OWN SOLUTION TO THE DRAMA. THE UNITY OF A COUNTRY CANNOT BE ACHIEVED BY GUN SHOTS".

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    Film ID:
    VLVABI2NJNR4IU0DIST7CV5BOY5MB
    Media URN:
    VLVABI2NJNR4IU0DIST7CV5BOY5MB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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