Lieutenant Moussa Traore, who led a military coup in Mali in November 1968, has been promoted Colonel.
GV EXT Palace
GV Traore arrives and greeted
SCU INT Traore speaking PAN TO Ambassadors
MV Traore shakes hands with Ambassadors (3 shots)
SV Ambassadors drinking toast
MV Traore drinking toast with Ambassador.
Initials BB/1711 GL/BOB/BB/1721
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Background: Lieutenant Moussa Traore, who led a military coup in Mali in November 1968, has been promoted Colonel. To mark the occasion of his promotion, the Mali Head of State addressed a gathering of the Bamako diplomatic corps at the Koulouba Presidential Palace.
Colonel Traore's promotion was decreed by Mali's ruling Military Committee of National Liberation, of which he himself is President.
SYNOPSIS: In Mali a reception was held at the Koulouba Presidential Palace on Wednesday to mark the promotion to colonel of the Malian Head of State, Lieutenant Moussa Traore. It was attended by diplomats accredited to Bamako.
Colonel Traore spoke of Mali's desire to have good relations with all countries which respected its sovereignty and conformed to the United Nations charter. He said Mali was convinced that the solution to all world problems must take account of the legitimate interest of all nations, large or small. Mali believes the old methods of blocks and powers must give way to a new international system based on interdependence between states.
Events, Colonel Traore told the diplomats, demonstrated daily that peace was illusory so long as peoples were oppressed, victimised or denied their rights.