• Short Summary

    As Ghana prepared to return to civilian rule with general elections scheduled for June, the country's military leader, Lieutenant-General Fred Akuffo made his first official visit to neighbouring Togo to discuss several long-standing foreign policy differences with the Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema.

  • Description

    As Ghana prepared to return to civilian rule with general elections scheduled for June, the country's military leader, Lieutenant-General Fred Akuffo made his first official visit to neighbouring Togo to discuss several long-standing foreign policy differences with the Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema.

    SYNOPSIS: An enthusiastic welcome was staged at Lome airport for President Akuffo and the party of Ghanaian officials. The visitors were only expected to spend one day in Togo, but the summit meeting between the Presidents was extended to two days. President Akuffo took over as Ghanaian head of state last July replacing General Ignatious Acheampong who had led the military coup which toppled the civilian government in 1972. Ghana's new leaders have since accused General Acheampong of being corrupt and despotic and announced recovery plans to aid Ghana's ailing economy.

    One major financial problem for Ghana is black market trading into Togo of massive amounts of cocoa -- Ghana's chief export. There is also a border dispute dating back to World War One when Togo was partitioned into French and British sections. The British part was later incorporated into Ghana and there have been calls for its return to Togo. After the summit, both leaders said the talks were productive but did not specify any solutions to their disputes.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA86RAPBG5CI5GU3W5CL38OPX2Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA86RAPBG5CI5GU3W5CL38OPX2Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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