Mamadou Dia, the Prime Minister of Senegal, arrived in Paris by air from Dakar, Aug 23, in response to General de Gaulle's invitation to him and his Sudanese counterpart, Modibo Keita, to discuss their differences in the French capital.
GV. Orly Airport.
SLV. M. Dia down plane steps, is greeted.
SV. Past guard of honour.
SV. Towards camera.
CU. M. Dia.
GV. Dia's car at Elysee Palace, Dia out & up steps.
CU. Dia enters.
MV.INT. Dia takes leave from officials, stopped by press.
CU. Dia makes statement.
GV. Dia with pressmen.
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Background: Mamadou Dia, the Prime Minister of Senegal, arrived in Paris by air from Dakar, Aug 23, in response to General de Gaulle's invitation to him and his Sudanese counterpart, Modibo Keita, to discuss their differences in the French capital.
Speaking briefly to reporters after talks with the French President at the Elysee Palace, M. Dia said General de Gaulle had "taken note of his wishes". No official comment was given on a later meeting between M. Dia and Premier Debre. A spokesman of the Mali Federation declared he had no information as to whether or not the Sudanese Premier would also accept the invitation to Paris. Observers in France believe that it will not be possible to reconcile the two hostile partners of the broken-up Mali Federation.
Long latent, the crisis in Mali affairs came to a head, Aug 19, when M. Keita - Premier of the Federation as well as of the Sudan - called a Federal Cabinet meeting in Dakar, dismissed the Senegalese Premier from the post of Federal Defence Minister, proclaimed a state of emergency, and asked France for troops to maintain order. Keita's move followed a dispute over a candidate for the Federal Presidential elections, scheduled for Aug 27. Senegal's answer was a provincial Assembly, proclaiming secession from the Federation and also issuing emergency regulations. M. Keita and other Sudanese Ministers were placed under house arrest in Dakar, to be dispatched to Bamako, the Sudanese capital, Aug 21.
Before leaving Dakar for Paris, Premier Dia told the heads of diplomatic missions of his Government's wish to see Senegal's independence recognised. While the Senegal authorities considered the formation of a national assembly and the adoption of a new Senegalese national flag, the Sudanese Government continued to defend its viewpoint that "the Federation is indissoluble".