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    AS PART OF HIS NATIONAL RECONCILIATION POLICY, DR. EMILE-DERLIN ZINSOU, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF?

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    AS PART OF HIS NATIONAL RECONCILIATION POLICY, DR. EMILE-DERLIN ZINSOU, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF DAHOMEY, RECENTLY MADE AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE TOWN OF DJOUGOU, SITUATED IN THE NORTHERN, PREDOMINANTLY MOSLEM PART OF DAHOMEY. HE WAS WELCOMED BY AN ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD.

    THE TOWN OF DJOUGOU IS IN THE NORTH OF DAHOMEY MORE THAN 200 MILES (300 KILOMETRES) NORTH OF THE CAPITAL COTONOU. DR. ZINSOU'S POLICY IS NOT TO LET THE MOSLEM MINORITY OF HIS COUNTRYMEN WHO LIVE IN THE NORTH FEEL ISOLATED. THIS RECENT VISIT WAS MARKED BY THE POPULAR DECISION TO MAKE DJOUNGOU AN IMPORTANT ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE, THOUGH IT IS ONLY THE 6TH LARGEST TOWN IN THE COUNTRY.

    IN HIS SPEECH OF WELCOME TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, MR. CONGACOU, PRESIDENT OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL, RECALLED THE HISTORY OF DJOUGOU, FORMERLY KNOWN AS OUANGARA. HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN HAD ALWAYS HAD A VERY GOOD CIVIC RECORD, AND SUGGESTED THAT THE NEW ADMINISTRATIVE IMPORTANCE OF THE TOWN WOULD IMPROVE THIS RECORD.

    MR. ZINSOU REPLIED BY CONGRATULATING AND THANKING THE PEOPLE OF DJOUGOU. HE WARNED THOSE WHO DOUBT THE SUCCESS OF HIS POLICY OF NATIONAL RECONCILIATION, AND CALLED ON THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF DJOUGOU TO HELP THE CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH OF THE AREA.

    A SMALL CEREMONY MARKED THE CONFERRING OF NEW ADMINISTRATIVE STATUS ON THE TOWN, AND IN THE AFTERNOON DR. ZINSOU'S PARTY TRAVELLED TO TANEKA-KOKO, 20 MILES AWAY (35 KILOMETRES) WHERE A SWIMMING-POOL WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABVUXKP2SXJTIVBHR77K8NLG38
    Media URN:
    VLVABVUXKP2SXJTIVBHR77K8NLG38
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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