• Short Summary

    Somalia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdirizak Haji Hussein, held a news conference in New York on Friday (6 February) and denied that his country had amassed troops on the border with the French territory of Afars and Issas.

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    SV PAN from newsmen seated to Somalia representative
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    CU Somalia representative speaking
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    SOF STARTS: "Somalia did not..



    SOF ENDS: ....by the French Government



    He denied that his country had amassed troops on the border and said Somalia did not precipitate an attack by firing first on the French.



    "Somalia did not amass, contrary to what had been reported, any of its troops on the border as charged specially by France. Neither did Somalia precipitate the attack by firing first on the French troops. With regard to the abduction of the school children, I should make clear that Somalia did whatever it could to prevent any harm from happening to the children. In fact, two of the so called guerillas who were killed at the bus site were in fact negotiators sent to explore the good offices of the Somalia Consul-General in Djibouti on the suggestion of the Somalia Consul-General in Djibouti with the Knowledge of the French authorities in Djibouti. They also died un-necessarily as did the young French girl....because of the adventuristic handling of the situation by the French Government."




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    Background: Somalia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdirizak Haji Hussein, held a news conference in New York on Friday (6 February) and denied that his country had amassed troops on the border with the French territory of Afars and Issas.

    He also denied that Somalia precipitated an attack on the border by firing first on French troops.

    With regard to the abduction of school children incident, Mr. Hussein told the news conference that he would like to make it clear that Somalia did whatever it could to prevent any harm from coming to the children.

    He said two of the so-called guerillas killed at the but site were in fact negotiators sent to explore the good offices of the Somalia Consul-General in Djibouti with the knowledge of French authorities.

    He said they also died unnecessarily as did the young French girl because of the "adventuristic handling of the situation by the French Government".

    Mr. Hussein was referring to an incident in Djibouti in which French children were rescued from a hijacked bus on the border between Somalia and Afars and Issas.

    There was shooting during the rescue and one of the children was killed.

    SYNOPSIS:In New York, Somalia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdirizak Haji Hussein, held a news conference on Friday and gave his country's version of recent incidents on the border with the French territory of the Afars and Issas.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8CHONP71QRSLH13MJ7IEYKEY8
    Media URN:
    VLVA8CHONP71QRSLH13MJ7IEYKEY8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:03:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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