A military ceremony in honour of the 13th anniversary of the independence of Upper Volta was presided over by Chief of State General Sangoule Lamizana and Sunday (5 August) in Ouagadougou.
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Background: A military ceremony in honour of the 13th anniversary of the independence of Upper Volta was presided over by Chief of State General Sangoule Lamizana and Sunday (5 August) in Ouagadougou.
The President reviewed a military guard of honour and presented decorations to about 60 citizens in a colourful ceremony at the Place de l'Independence in the capital.
In a nationwide radio address broadcast to the nation on the eve of the anniversary, President Lamizana said he regretted that the political parties of the country continues to be riven by dissension.
He called for all people to lay aside partisan quarrels and serve the advancement of Upper Volta.
Externally, he said, the country had aligned itself with all progressive forces in Africa and the world, working towards the dignity and liberty of all people and the destruction of colonialism.
SYNOPSIS: A military ceremony in Ouagadougou, capital of Upper Volta, marked that country's thirteenth anniversary of independence.
The ceremonies, in the Place del' Independence in the centre of the capital was presided over by the Chief of State General Sangoule Lamizana, who has ruled the country since 1970.
On the eve of the anniversary, the President made a nationwide address on radio, calling for all the people to lay aside political quarrels.
He said he regretted the continued dissension among the political parties of the country. He outlined the present four-year plan, which he said has so far achieved its objectives.
The President inspected on honour guard of the Upper Volta armed forces before presenting decorations to some sixty citizens.
The celebrations of the anniversary were attended by members of the Diplomatic corps, members of the Upper Volta cabinet. They later attended a reception at the Presidential Hall to greet the people awarded the decorations for public service.