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    FEDERAL NIGERIAN LEADER MANOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON OFFICIALLY GREETED UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL U THANT ON SUNDAY (18 JANUARY) AT LAGOS AIRPORT.

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    AIRCRAFT TAXIING; U THANT MEETS OFFICIALS; SPECTATORS AND SOLDIERS; U THANT GOWON; U THANT INTO CAR; JOURNALISTS READING; REPORTERS ARGUING WITH SOLDIERS AND POLICE; REPORTERS BEHIND GATE.




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    Background: FEDERAL NIGERIAN LEADER MANOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON OFFICIALLY GREETED UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL U THANT ON SUNDAY (18 JANUARY) AT LAGOS AIRPORT. BEFORE THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ARRIVED, HOWEVER, A CROWD OF 160 ANGRY JOURNALISTS MARCHED TO THE V.I.P. BUILDING WHEN THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL PRESS PARTY AUTHORISED TO FLY INTO FORMER SECESSIONIST TERRITORY SINCE THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR WAS STRANDED IN LAGOS.

    THE SECRETARY-GENERAL HAD TALKS WITH GENERAL GOWN AND, ALTHOUGH NO STATEMENT WAS ISSUED FOLLOWING THE MEETING, OFFICIAL SOURCES SAID THE DISCUSSION DEALT MAINLY WITH THE RELIEF PROBLEM AND POSSIBLE U.N. ASSISTANCE.

    THE SECRETARY-GENERAL SAID AID WOULD BE SENT THROUGH U.N. AGENCIES BUT UNDERLINED THAT OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE COULD ONLY BE PROVIDED WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE LAGOS GOVERNMENT.

    U THANT CALLED OFF AT THE LAST MINUTE A SCHEDULED TRIP TO PORT HARCOURT IN EASTERN NIGERIA TO ASSESS THE RELIEF SITUATION BECAUSE OF LACK OF TIME. GENERAL KHAN, HIS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, WILL GO TO PORT HARCOURT AND KEEP HIM INFORMED OF THE SITUATION.

    UPON LEAVING LAGOS ON MONDAY (19 JANUARY FOR PARIS, THE SECRETARY-GENERAL TOLD REPORTERS THAT THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA'S WAR-STRICKEN AREAS WERE FRATERNISING WITH FEDERAL SOLDIERS. U THANT'S VISIT TO NIGERIA CAME AT THE END OF A 10-NATION WEST AFRICAN TOUR AS A RESULT OF GENERAL GOWON'S PERSONAL INVITATION.

    BEFORE THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ARRIVED, THE REPORTERS, SOME OF WHOM HAD BEEN WAITING FOR UP TO NINE HOURS TO GET ON A FLIGHT TO PORT HARCOURT, ATTEMPTED TO SEE GENERAL GOWON. THEY WERE HELD BACK BY POLICEMEN AND SOLDIERS ON DUTY AT THE V.I.P. BUILDING.

    THREE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN ALLOTTED TO TAKE THE PRESSMEN TO PORT HARCOURT AND ONE WAS ALREADY AIRBORNE WHEN IT WAS DECIDED TO CALL OFF THE TRIP AND IT WAS BROUGHT BACK TO LAGOS. MILITARY AUTHORITIES SAID ONE OF THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN EARMARKED TO FLY GUESTS TO PORT HARCOURT FOR TUESDAY'S (20 JANUARY) WEDDING OF THE RIVERS STATE MILITARY GOVERNOR. CONFUSION THEN ROSE OVER REMAINING SEATS. IN ADDITION, HE SAID, HOTELS IN PORT HARCOURT WERE FULLY BOOKED BECAUSE OF THE WEDDING.

    LATER, HOWEVER, TWO AIRCRAFT WITH JOURNALISTS ABOARD LEFT LAGOS FOR FORMER SECESSIONIST TERRITORY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAARLPYDJJ5UVMPN5HNRLGXIQV1
    Media URN:
    VLVAARLPYDJJ5UVMPN5HNRLGXIQV1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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