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    LIEUTENANT-COLONEL GHERMAN TITOV, THE RUSSIAN COSMONAUT FLEW INTO BRAZZAVILLE YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). HE WAS INVITED TO?

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    LIEUTENANT-COLONEL GHERMAN TITOV, THE RUSSIAN COSMONAUT FLEW INTO BRAZZAVILLE YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). HE WAS INVITED TO THE CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE) BY THE PRESIDENT, MR. ALPHONESE MASSEMBA-DEBAT, TO TAKE PART IN THE CELEBRATIONS MARKING THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION WHICH OVERTHREW THE REGIME OF ABBE YOULOU.

    WAITING TO WELCOME COLONEL TITOV AND THE RUSSIAN DELEGATION AT THE AIRPORT WERE THE FOREIGN MINISTER AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DEFENCE. AFTER THEIR ARRIVAL THE DELEGATES WERE TAKEN TO THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE TO ATTEND A RECEPTION GIVEN IN THEIR HONOUR BY M. MASSEMBA-DEBAT.

    COLONEL TITOV SAID AT THE AIRPORT THAT CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE) WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN COUNTRY HE HAD VISITED. HE ADDED: "FOUR YEARS AGO I FLEW OVER YOUR COUNTRY ON MY SPACE FLIGHT SEVERAL TIMES. TODAY I'M HAPPY TO SEE IT IN A TERRESTRIAL MANNER." THE COSMONAUT WAS REFERRING TO HIS 17-ORBIT SPACE-FLIGHT IN VOSTOK II IN AUGUST 1961.

    IN 1963, RIOTING CAME TO A CLIMAX IN MID-AUGUST AND LED TO THE DOWNFALL OF THE PRESIDENT, ABBE FULBERT YOULOU. HE HAD PLANNED TO FORM A SINGLE-PARTY GOVERNMENT, BUT TRADE UNION LEADERS LED THE REVOLT AGAINST THIS PROPOSAL AND THE ABBE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY THE ARMY. A PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT LED BY M. MASSEMBA-DEBAT, A FORMER SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TOOK OVER THE COUNTRY'S ADMINISTRATION; THIS GOVERNMENT WAS CONFIRMED IN OFFICE BY GENERAL ELECTIONS THREE MONTHS LATER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD82QRIRHAIGLTYHC6NQPHYBL7
    Media URN:
    VLVAD82QRIRHAIGLTYHC6NQPHYBL7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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