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    PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET BOIGNY OF IVORY COAST, ON WEDNESDAY (16 MARCH) WARNED PRESIDENT SEKOU TOURE OF NEIGHBOURING GUINEA AGAINST EMBARKING ON THE "FATAL ADVENTURE" OF SENDING MILITARY FORCES THROUGH IVORY COAST TO ATTACK GHANA'S NEW GOVERNMENT.

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    NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING, ABIDJAN; PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET BOIGNY SPEAKING. SOF IN FRENCH.



    TRANSCRIPT: PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET BOIGNY: "M. SEKOU TOURE SAYS, I ASK YOU, BECAUSE HE BELIEVES HIMSELF TO BE WELL AND TRULY OUR MASTER, THAT HE WANTS OUR PHYSICAL HELP IN RESTORING THE REGIME OF HIS ACCOMPLICE, KWAME NKRUMAH, OUR WORST ENEMY ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT. WE DO NOT KNOW WHETHER M. SEKOU TOURE UTTERS THESE THREATS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN SPECTACULAR PROPAGANDA, AND PERSONAL PUBLICITY, FOR HE CANNOT INDEED BEAR TO THINK AT ANY TIME THAT HE IS NOT AT THE FOREFRONT OF INTERNATIONAL NEWS, OR WHETHER HE INTENDS TRULY TO PUT THEM TO EFFECT. M. SEKOU TOURE AND THE GUINEAN PEOPLE, WHO RISK BEING DRAWN INTO A FATAL ADVENTURE, MUST KNOW THAT ALTHOUGH WE IVORY COAST PEOPLE, ARE PASSIONATELY ATTACHED TO PEACE, WE ARE NOT HOWEVER PACIFISTS, READY TO ACCEPT DISHONOUR. OUR DIGNITY DEMANDS THAT WE SHOULD OPPOSE BY ALL MEANS THE CROSSING OF OUR COUNTRY BY THE GUINEAN HORDES. M. SEKOU TOURE WISHES TO DISREGARD U.N.O. OF WHICH WE ARE BOTH MEMBERS AND WHO WILL, IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE, KNOW HOW TO ASSUME ITS RESPONSIBILITIES. I AM FOR ONE IN AGREEMENT WITH M. SEKOU TOURE TO ADMIT IN ALL HUMILITY MY UNFORGIVABLE CRIME: THAT OF HAVING MADE M. SEKOU TOURE WHAT HE IS AND OF HAVING CAUSED THE MISFORTUNE OF THE MARTYRED PEOPLE OF GUINEA."




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    EDITORS: PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET BOIGNY IS SPEAKING IN FRENCH THROUGHOUT

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    Background: PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET BOIGNY OF IVORY COAST, ON WEDNESDAY (16 MARCH) WARNED PRESIDENT SEKOU TOURE OF NEIGHBOURING GUINEA AGAINST EMBARKING ON THE "FATAL ADVENTURE" OF SENDING MILITARY FORCES THROUGH IVORY COAST TO ATTACK GHANA'S NEW GOVERNMENT.

    YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD ORDERED IVORY COAST TROOPS TO MOVE UP TO THE FRONTIER WITH GUINEA TO "AWAIT THE ARRIVAL OF GUINEA SOLDIERS WHO MAY BE MARCHING TO ATTACK GHANA."
    THE IVORY COAST BORDERS BOTHER GUINEA AND GHANA AND PRESIDENT SEKOU TOURE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE PLANS TO SEND ARMED FORCES AS WELL AS GUINEAN VOLUNTEERS TO GHANA TO HELP REINSTATE DR KWAME NKRUMAH WHO WAS DEPOSED IN A MILITARY COUP ON 24 FEBRUARY. DR NKRUMAH WENT TO GUINEA AFTER THE COUP. THE SHORTEST ROUTE FROM GUINEA TO GHANA IS ACROSS IVORY COAST TERRITORY.

    PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET BOIGNY SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT OF GUINEA AND THE GUINEAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE IVORY COAST ARE PASSIONATE LOVERS OF PEACE. BUT THEY WOULD NOT BE PREPARED TO ACCEPT DISHONOUR. "OUR DIGNITY DEMANDS THAT WE SHOULD OPPOSE BY ALL MEANS THE CROSSING OF OUR COUNTRY BY THE GUINEAN HORDES," HE SAID.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADL9FSNL7371GRRUTHSBPS87X0
    Media URN:
    VLVADL9FSNL7371GRRUTHSBPS87X0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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