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    FULL SCALE OF PEACE TALKS BETWEEN NIGERIA AND SECESSIONIST BIAFRA ARE UNDERWAY AT ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA.

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    EMPEROR'S PALACE AND AFRICA HALL; OJUKWU AND DELEGATION; HAILE SELASSIE TAKES SEAT; OJUKWU SPEAKING; ENAHORO SPEAKING; (SOF)



    OJUKWU: "I INSISTED THAT THEY (BIAFRAN TRIBAL CHIEFS) MUST RETURN HOME AND CONSULT THEIR PEOPLE. WELL, THEY DID CONSULT AND THE DECISION WAS TAKEN. THEY REAFFIRMED THEIR LOYALTY AND THEIR DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE THE STRUGGLE. THIS MIRRORS THE FEELINGS AMONG ALL BIAFRANS FOR BIAFRA, IRRESPECTIVE OF ETHNIC ORIGIN. THE SO-CALLED STATES CREATED BY GOWON IN OUR TERRITORY WERE NOT DESIGNED TO SERVE THE GENERAL INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE BUT TO SPITE THEM, CRIPPLE THEM AND EVENTUALLY TO EXTERMINATE THEM."



    "IF NIGERIA REALLY BELIEVES THAT SHE IS DEFENDING THE TRUE WISHES OF THE MINORITY, SHE SHOULD ACCEPT OUR PROPOSALS FOR A PLEBISCITE IN THE DISPUTED AREA OF NIGERIA AND BIAFRA".



    "WE JOINED IN THE NEGOTIATIONS IN ALL SINCERITY, BELIEVING AS WE ALWAYS HAVE DONE, THAT THERE CAN BE NO OTHER WAY IN RESOLVING THE CONFLICT BETWEEN US. WHILE THESE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS GO ON LET US NOT FORGET THAT FOUR LEADING AFRICAN COUNTRIES -- TANZANIA, GABON, IVORY COAST AND ZAMBIA -- HAVE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE ISSUES INVOLVED AND HAVE ACCORDED US DIPLOMATIC RECOGNITION."



    ENAHORO: "THE FEDERAL DELEGATION HAS COME TO ADDIS DETERMINED TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO DISPOSE PEACEFULLY OF THE MAJOR ISSUE WHICH DIVIDES THE TWO SIDES IN OUR CONFLICT. PUT VERY SIMPLY,THE CENTRAL ISSUE IS WHETHER OR NOT THE PARTS OF THE EAST CENTRAL STATE OF NIGERIA -- STILL UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE OTHER SIDE AT THESE TALKS -- CAN BE REINTEGRATED INTO NIGERIA THROUGH THESE TALKS."



    "I ASSURE YOUR IMPERIAL MAJESTY THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DELEGATION WILL DO ALL WITHIN ITS POWER TO FACILITATE THE WORK OF THIS MEETING AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE OAU CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE ON NIGERIA IN ITS SEARCH FOR AN AFRICAN ??? ???.




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    Background: FULL SCALE OF PEACE TALKS BETWEEN NIGERIA AND SECESSIONIST BIAFRA ARE UNDERWAY AT ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA. THE TALKS--AIMED AT ENDING THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR--OPENED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AT AFRICA HALL IN THE PRESENCE OF EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE OF ETHIOPIA. COLONEL OJUKWU, THE BIAFRAN LEADER, AND THE LEADER OF THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN DELEGATION. CHIEF ENAHORO, MADE IT CLEAR IN THEIR OPENING SPEECHES THAT THEY BOTH WANTED A BINDING SETTLEMENT SATISFACTORY TO BOTH SIDES.

    THE AGENDA, AGREED BY BOTH SIDES IN PRELIMINARY TALKS IN NIAMEY, NIGER, LAST MONTH LISTS THREE POINTS FOR DISCUSSION:- ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SETTLEMENTS; TERMS OF A CEASEFIRE; AND RELIEF TO WAR RAVAGED AREAS.

    EXTRACTS FROM THE OPENING SPEECHES BY COLONEL OJUKWU AND CHIEF ENAHORO FOLLOW:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ZN5L54L0M4272SE0Q7ZOMYW5
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ZN5L54L0M4272SE0Q7ZOMYW5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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