The President of the central African republic of Burundi, Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, has just ended five days of talks with Belgian government officials and also with commissioner of the European Economic Community.
GV EXTERIOR: EEC Commission building.
SV: President of Burundi Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, greeted by EEC officials.
SV PAN INTERIOR: President of Burundi walking into conference room.
CU PAN: EEC officials seated.
CU AND SV: Burundi President, seated with ministers. (2 shots)
The five day visit was President Bagaza's first to Belgium since he took power. Burundi is provided with a???d and technical assistance by Belgium and also receives aid from the European Economic Community-with which it has an agreement under the Lome Convention.
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Background: The President of the central African republic of Burundi, Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, has just ended five days of talks with Belgian government officials and also with commissioner of the European Economic Community. At the end of the visit the President said he had secured assurances of increased co-operation from Belgium.
SYNOPSIS: The EEC Commission headquarters in Brussels. And it was here, on the last day of his visit, on Friday (26 May) that President Bagaza came to have a round of talks with EEC Commissioners. Burundi, a tiny landlocked country, was formerly administered by Belgium, and the president's visit coincided with the invasion of the former Belgian colony, Zaire, by rebel troops. President Bagaza, who came to power in a coup last year, told newsmen that he considered African countries were not ready yet to set up a Pan-African "Peace Force" to intervene in international disputes. But he said the rebellion in Zaire, which lies on Burundi's western border, had strengthened the case for such a force.