• Short Summary

    THE HEADS OF STATE OF FEDERAL NIGERIA AND GHANA - GENERALS YAKUBU GOWON AND AKWASI AFRIFA - WERE THE GUESTS OF TOGO'S PRESIDENT ETIENNE EYADEMA IN LOME ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8.

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    THE HEADS OF STATE OF FEDERAL NIGERIA AND GHANA - GENERALS YAKUBU GOWON AND AKWASI AFRIFA - WERE THE GUESTS OF TOGO'S PRESIDENT ETIENNE EYADEMA IN LOME ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8. THE THREE GENERALS' OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUE ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAD DISCUSSED "INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS IN GENERAL AND THOSE CONCERNING AFRICA IN PARTICULAR" - AND, ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT MADE OFFICIALLY PUBLIC, IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE MAIN SUBJECT DISCUSSED WAS THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR.

    FIRST TO ARRIVE WAS GENERAL GOWON, WHO WAS GREETED BY GENERAL EYADEMA AT LOME AIRPORT. BOTH THEN AWAITED THE ARRIVAL OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AFRIFA'S AIRCRAFT FROM ACCRA.

    IT WAS REPORTED EARLIER THAT THE TOGOLESE PRESIDENT HAD OFFERED HIS OFFICES TO THE NIGERIANS TO HELP END THE DEADLOCK IN THE WAR WITH BREAKAWAY BIAFRA. BRIGADIER AFRIFA, ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU) CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE, HAS BEEN GIVEN THE TASK OF CONTACTING BIAFRA'S LEADER, GENERAL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU, TO TRY TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. AND GENERAL GOWON IS SAID TO HOPE THAT THE TOGOLESE AND GHANAIAN LEADERS MAY BE ABLE TO APPROACH THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES WHICH RECOGNISE OR MIGHT RECOGNISE BIAFRA, AND CONVINCE THEM THAT SUCH RECOGNITION WOULD ONLY HAMPER ANY SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS.

    AFTER TAKING THE SALUTE AND INSPECTING THE HONOUR GUARD, THE THREE GENERALS WALKED PAST THE LARGE CROWD SURROUNDING THE AIRPORT - INCLUDING ONE GROUP CARRYING ANTI-BIAFRAN BANNERS.

    PRIOR TO COMMENCING THEIR THREE-MAN SUMMIT, THE HEADS OF STATE HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE - ACCOMPANIED BY TOGOLESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND THE TWO PARTIES OF ADVISORS WHO ACCOMPANIED GENERALS GOWON AND AFRIFA.

    THE TWO ROUNDS OF TALKS, BEFORE AND AFTER LUNCH, LASTED FOR SEVEN HOURS, AND WERE REPORTED TO HAVE ENDED SATISFACTORILY. STATEMENTS WERE EXPECTED LATER FROM THE INDIVIDUAL HEADS OF STATE IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAWP41W4ILTFECJQRWW2QMZ7G
    Media URN:
    VLVAWP41W4ILTFECJQRWW2QMZ7G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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