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    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC PRESIDENT JEAN BEDEL BOKASSA LAST WEEK COMPLETED AN OFFICIAL GOODWILL VISIT TO CONGO-KINSHASA.

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    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC PRESIDENT JEAN BEDEL BOKASSA LAST WEEK COMPLETED AN OFFICIAL GOODWILL VISIT TO CONGO-KINSHASA. DURING HIS STAY IN CONGO-KINSHASA PRESIDENT BOKASSA SPOKE OPTIMISTICALLY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE NEWLY FORMER UNION OF CENTRAL AFRICAN STATES, WHICH INCLUDES CHAD, THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AND CONGO-KINSHASA.

    PRESIDENT BOKASSA WAS GREETED AT KINSHASA AIRPORT LAST WEEK BY CONGO-KINSHASAN PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU AND MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS. ON HIS ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC'S LEADER SAID THE NEWLY FORMED UNION OF CENTRAL AFRICAN STATES WAS OPEN TO ALL COUNTRIES IN THE REGION WHICH WANTED TO JOIN.

    LATER HE AND PRESIDENT MOBUTU INSPECTED A GUARD OF HONOUR DRAWN UP AT THE AIRPORT FOR THE OCCASION.

    PRESIDENT BOKASSA WAS ACCOMPANIED ON HIS VISIT BY HIS FOREIGN MINISTER, ARTHUR BANDIO. HE ORIGINALLY EXPECTED TO STAY IN CONGO-KINSHASA FOR THREE DAYS, BUT HE POSTPONED HIS DEPARTURE FOR ANOTHER DAY SO HE COULD CONTINUE TALKS WITH PRESIDENT MOBUTU. AT THE END OF HIS STAY HE WAS ABLE TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE CHARTER OF THE NEW UNION WOULD BE SIGNED IN FOR LAMY, CHAD, ON 2 APRIL.

    ON THE DAY OF HIS ARRIVAL IN THE COUNTRY PRESIDENT BOKASSA WAS TAKEN ABOARD THE PRESIDENTIAL VESSEL IN KINSHASA. HE WAS ABLE TO RELAX ON BOARD THE SHIP AND CARRY OUT EXPLORATORY, INFORMAL TALKS WITH PRESIDENT MOBUTU.

    THE FOLLOWING DAY PRESIDENT BOKASSA SPOKE IN KINSHASA TO A SEMINAR OF THE CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT PARTY, MPR. HE TOLD AN ENTHUSIASTIC AUDIENCE AT THE SEMINAR THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO "IRON CURTAIN" BETWEEN CENTRAL AFRICAN STATES.

    HE SAID THE UNION AIMED AT BRINGING SECURITY, PEACE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF ITS THREE MEMBER COUNTRIES.

    HE STRESSED THAT THE UNION WAS NOT OPPOSED TO ANY ALREADY EXISTING GROUPING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACOUOPFNL4KQW32UKEZBK60GFW
    Media URN:
    VLVACOUOPFNL4KQW32UKEZBK60GFW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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