• Short Summary

    DELEGATES FROM FEDERAL NIGERIA AND BIAFRA, THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION, ARRIVED IN LONDON TODAY (SATURDAY), IN PREPARATION FOR TALKS TOMORROW WHICH COULD OPEN THE WAY FOR NEGOTIATIONS TO END THE TEN MONTH CIVIL WAR.

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    DELEGATES FROM FEDERAL NIGERIA AND BIAFRA, THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION, ARRIVED IN LONDON TODAY (SATURDAY), IN PREPARATION FOR TALKS TOMORROW WHICH COULD OPEN THE WAY FOR NEGOTIATIONS TO END THE TEN MONTH CIVIL WAR. CHIEF ANTHONY ENAHORO CAME TO REPRESENT NIGERIA. HE WAS PRECEDED BY BIAFRA'S REPRESENTATIVE, SIR LOUIS MBANEFO, A FORMER WORLD COURT JUDGE. LATER TODAY BIAFRANS RESIDENT IN LONDON MARCHED ON THE SOVIET EMBASSY, AND THE PRIME MINISTERIAL RESIDENCE IN DOWNING STREET, TO PRESENT PETITIONS.

    THE REPRESENTATIVES OF BOTH NIGERIA AND BIAFRA MADE SEPARATE CONTACT WITH THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY GENERAL, MR. ARNOLD SMITH. ARRANGEMENTS FOR TALKS AT THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT HEADQUARTERS IN LONDON WERE FINALISED.

    A SPOKESMAN FOR SIR LOUIS MBANEFO SAID HE HAD NO STATEMENT TO MAKE BEFORE THE TALKS. CHIEF ENAHORO MADE A BRIEF STATEMENT ON ARRIVAL, HOWEVER, IN WHICH HE INSISTED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD NOT AGREED TO PRELIMINARY TALKS BECAUSE OF A MILITARY STALEMATE.

    "THIS IS FAR FROM THE TRUTH," HE SAID. "OVER TOW THIRDS OF THE LAND AND ALL BUT THREE MAJOR TOWNS IN THE FORMER EASTERN NIGERIA REGION RESTS SECURELY UNDER FEDERAL CONTROL. ONE OF THE THREE TOWNS - PORT HARCOURT - IS AT THIS MOMENT WITHIN RANGE OF EARLY LIBERATION."
    "IT IS GROSSLY MISLEADING THEREFORE TO TALK OF A MILITARY STALEMATE," HE SAID.

    THE BIAFRAN MARCHERS PROTESTED AGAINST THE ALLEGED SUPPLY OF ARMS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BY THE SOVIET UNION AND BRITAIN. THE DEMONSTRATORS PRESENTED PETITIONS AT THE SOVIET EMBASSY IN KENSINGTON GARDENS, AND THEN MARCHED ON TO TEN DOWNING STREET, THE RESIDENCE OF THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABJL3UNVV5J4QZG0N01LO17HNO
    Media URN:
    VLVABJL3UNVV5J4QZG0N01LO17HNO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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