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    M. PAUL HENRY SPAAK, THE BELGIAN STATESMAN WHO WAS THE FORMER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE NORTH?

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    M. PAUL HENRY SPAAK, THE BELGIAN STATESMAN WHO WAS THE FORMER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION (NATO), HAS BEEN VISITING CONGO-KINSHASA. THE LAST TIME M. SPAAK WAS IN THE CONGO WAS IN 1963 WHEN HE WAS BELGIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, BUT THIS TIME IT WAS A BUSINESS TRIP SINCE HE IS NOW AN EXECUTIVE OF THE INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH CORPORATION.

    MR SPAAK SAID AT THE AIRPORT THAT THE ATMOSPHERE OF BELGIAN CONGOLESE RELATIONS WAS EXCELLENT. "THE CLOUDS NOW SEEM TO BE DISAPPEARING," HE SAID.

    ALTHOUGH M. SPAAK EMPHASIZED THAT HIS VISIT WAS OF A PRIVATE AND BUSINESS NATURE, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, IN THE PERSON OF PRESIDENT MOBUTU, SEIZED THE OPPORTUNITY TO HONOUR THE STATESMAN WHO FOR THIRTY YEARS PLAYED A LEADING DIPLOMATIC ROLE IN THE WORLD, AND IS A GOOD FRIEND OF THE CONGO.

    PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU PRESENTED M. SPAAK WITH THE STAR OF THE GREAT CROSS OF THE NATIONAL ORDER OF THE LEOPARD. M. SPAAK SPOKE WITH DEEP SINCERITY WHEN HE THANKED PRESIDENT MOBUTU AND THE CONGOLESE NATION FOR THE HONOUR BESTOWED ON HIM.

    THE FORMALITIES WERE COMPLETED WITH M. SPAAK SIGNING HIS NAME IN PRESIDENT MOBUTU'S GOLDEN BOOK -- A VISITORS BOOK WHICH CONTAINS THE NAMES OF DISTINGUISHED STATESMEN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACNYW0S0CZI45D9T3U8D3BBC3X
    Media URN:
    VLVACNYW0S0CZI45D9T3U8D3BBC3X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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