Guinea's President Sekou Toure and Ghana's Premier, Dr. Nkhrumah, signed an agreement to united the?
G.V.IN ROOM DR. NKRUMAH, PRIME MINISTER OF GHANA, AND PRESIDENT TOURE OF GUINEA ARRIVING.
S.V. AUDIENCE LISTENING.
S.V. MR. KOJO BOTSIO, MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, READS INTRODUCTION.
L.V. AUDIENCE LISTENING.
S.V. MR. AL ADU OF MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS, READING.
S.V. MEMBER OF PRESIDENT SEKOU TOURE'S PARTY READING.
S.V. PRESIDENT SEKOU TOURE SIGNS DECLARATION.
C.U. GHANA'S PRIME MINISTER SIGNING.
S.V. PRIME MINISTER LEAVING.
L.V.EXT. PRIME MINISTER OF GHANA AND PRESIDENT SEKOU TOURE SHAKE HANDS.
C.U. PRIME MINISTER, AND PRESIDENT SEKOU TOURE.
Initials D.C./CW J.H./P.B.
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Background: Guinea's President Sekou Toure and Ghana's Premier, Dr. Nkhrumah, signed an agreement to united the two countries as the nucleus of a union of West African States, Accra, November 23.
The agreement said that Ghana and Guinea had agreed as a first step to adopt a union flag, develop the closest contacts and harmonise defence, foreign and economic policies. The next step would be the formulation of a constitution.
An introduction to the declaration was first read by Mr. Koho Botsio, Minister of External Affairs, after which the joint declaration itself was read in English and French.
Ghana has also agreed, subject to parliamentary approval, to grant a loan of GBP10 million to newly independent Guinea.
The news of the union came as a shock in British Commonwealth circles, although official comment was guarded. Political observers, however, forecast that a great deal of discussion would have to take place before Guinea was accorded full "Empire benefits."