• Short Summary

    PEACE TALKS OPENED BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVES OF BREAKAWAY BIAFRA - THE EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA - AND THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL AUTHORITIES IN KAMPALA, UGANDA, TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH BOTH SIDES AGREEING ON THE NEED FOR A CEASEFIRE IN THEIR 11-MONTH-OLD CIVIL WAR BUT DIFFERING ON ITS TIMING.

  • Description

    PEACE TALKS OPENED BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVES OF BREAKAWAY BIAFRA - THE EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA - AND THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL AUTHORITIES IN KAMPALA, UGANDA, TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH BOTH SIDES AGREEING ON THE NEED FOR A CEASEFIRE IN THEIR 11-MONTH-OLD CIVIL WAR BUT DIFFERING ON ITS TIMING. PRESIDENT MILTON OBOTE OF UGANDA FORMALLY OPENED THE TALKS IN THE CONFERENCE HALL OF THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING.

    IN SPEECHES AT A PUBLIC OPENING SESSION, THE BIAFRANS SAID AN IMMEDIATE CESSATION OF FIGHTING SHOULD BE THE FIRST STEP OF PEACE, WHILE THE FEDERAL SIDE SAID IT WANTED DISCUSSIONS FIRST, THEN A CEASEFIRE. OBSERVERS IN THE UGANDA PARLIAMENT'S CONFERENCE HALL, WHERE THE MEETING STARTED, NOTED THAT WHILE THE TWO SIDES WERE STRONG IN CONDEMNATION OF EACH OTHER, THEY APPEARED TO BE LEAVING ROOM FOR COMPROMISE.

    THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR BROKE OUT A MONTH AFTER BIAFRA'S SECESSION FROM THE FEDERATION A YEAR AGO AND HAS GRADUALLY INCREASED IN INTENSITY IN RECENT MONTHS. AS THE TWO SIDES CAME TO THE CONFERENCE TABLE - AFTER MONTHS OF URGING BY OTHER AFRICAN STATES - NIGERIA COULD CLAIM TO HAVE CAPTURED PRACTICALLY ALL THE MAIN BIAFRAN CENTRES. THE TWO SIDES CAME TO KAMPALA AFTER PRELIMINARY TALKS IN LONDON, AND THE MEETING IS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT, LED BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, MR. ARNOLD SMITH, OF CANADA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC1WTNP8RMZ2OT801BJQVIIZWH
    Media URN:
    VLVAC1WTNP8RMZ2OT801BJQVIIZWH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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