France has informed Morocco that there may be serious repercussions to the Tangiers conference of North African leaders which opened yesterday in the House of Tangiers, the former seat of the International Legislature.
Arrival of cars at the Palais MARSHAN.
M.Balafrej steps out of car.
Arrival of Allal El Fassi.
Arrival of Mauritanian Observor (with turban)
Arrival of Tunisian delegation.
Arrival of F.L.N. Delegation.
Opening of Meeting.
Speech by M.Balafrej.
M.Allal El Fassi - M. Boumendjil of the F.L.N.
Mr. Ladgham - M. Ferhat Abbas.
M.Mahri - speaking.
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Background: France has informed Morocco that there may be serious repercussions to the Tangiers conference of North African leaders which opened yesterday in the House of Tangiers, the former seat of the International Legislature. The conference is being attended by the chief members of the Moroccan Istiqlal party, the Tunisian Neo-Destour party which promoted Bourguiba, and the insurgent Algerian Liberation Front party; who will discuss North African federation comprising Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and probably Libya. Libya has sent observers.
Algeria's rebels are considering transforming the F.L.N. executive (the Algerian Liberation Front party) into an 'Algerian Government-in-exile' and the recognition of such a government by Morocco and Tunisia would force France to break all diplomatic relations with them and bring about a new North African crisis in the United Nations.
United States diplomats are believed to have drawn the attention of the Tunisian and Moroccan leaders to the difficulties such a move would cause.
The more moderate Moroccan delegate proposed at the conference that North African Unity has as its principal task the promotion of cooperation between the countries of North Africa and the rest of the world. But on the order sheet for the first days discussions appears the heading 'The War in Algeria' prominent in the first paragraph. Apparently the F.L.N. doesn't intend that Neo-Destour and L'Istiqlal delegates will forget their immediate problems.