Presidents Hamani Diori of Niger, Leopold Senghor of Senegal, and Francois Tombalbaye of Chad arrived in Abidjan on Sunday (14 March) for an emergency meeting with Ivorian President Houphouet-Boigny.
LS OCAMM flags PAN DOWN to crowd.
MS Dancers and musicians (4 shots)
MS President Diori out of aircraft and greeted by Houphouet-Boigny.
MS Nose of aircraft.
MS Senghor out of aircraft and greeted by Houphouet-Boigny.
MCS President Tombalbaye and greeted by Houphouet-Boigny
LS Guard of honour.
MS Crowd TILT UP to four flags.
SOUND INCLUDES: BANDS PLAYING AND GENERAL WELCOMING SOUND FORM CROWD.
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Background: Presidents Hamani Diori of Niger, Leopold Senghor of Senegal, and Francois Tombalbaye of Chad arrived in Abidjan on Sunday (14 March) for an emergency meeting with Ivorian President Houphouet-Boigny.
The four Presidents are leaders of OCAMM (The African, Malagasy and Mauritian Common Organisation) countries.
No details of the meeting were released, but President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad told newsmen on his arrival in Abidjan that the talks would affect the future of OCAMM, and, more specifically, these problems which could not be raised at last January's meeting of the OCAMM powers.
Observers in Abidjan felt that the problems would include the question of the organisation's sugar agreement -- threatened because of Senegal's withdrawal, and the question of dialogue with South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: At Abidjan airport on Sunday, three African presidents arrived for an emergency meeting with Ivorian President Houphouet-Boigny.
A large crowd, including these dancers and musicians, awaited the presidents' arrival. The emergency meeting was called between the African, Malagasy and Mauritian Common Organisation countries to discuss problems not covered in last January's meeting.
President Hamani Diori of Niger arrived and was greeted by his host, the Ivorian head of state. President Diori was expected to remain in the Ivory Coast until Tuesday.
The next President to arrive was President Leopold Senghor of Senegal. He said later that he was confident in the future of O.E.R.S. -- a regional economic grouping of Mauritania, Mali, Senegal and Guinea.
President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad arrived last. He later told newsmen that the talks would affect the future of OCAMM.
Observers later said that Senegal's withdrawal from the sugar market would be discussed.