• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH MINISTER OF STATE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH, LORD SHEPHERD, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) FROM A FIVE DAY VISIT TO NIGERIA WHERE HE HAD TALKS WITH THE HEAD OF STATE, MAJOR GENERAL GOWON.

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    LORD SHEPHERD AT LONDON AIRPORT; SHEPHERD INTERVIEWED (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE FROM THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO THE MESSAGES YOU TOOK WITH YOU?"



    SHEPHERD: "THE FIRST RESPONSE WAS THAT THEY WERE PREPARED TO NEGOTIATE, EVEN NOW AT THIS VERY LATE HOUR THEY WERE PREPARED TO NEGOTIATE. THEY SAID, AND THIS WAS FULLY UNDERSTOOD AND FULLY APPRECIATED, THAT THESE NEGOTIATIONS SHOULD BE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE O.A.U (ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY). PERSONALLY, THERE IS NO DIFFICULTY AS I SEE IT IN THE SENSE THAT BOTH THE BIAFRAN AUTHORITIES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE THEMSELVES ALREADY BEEN TO TWO CONFERENCES UNDER THE O.A.U. AND SINCE THIS IS AN AFRICAN PROBLEM CLEARLY IT IS FAR BETTER FOR AFRICAN STATES TO SEEK THE SETTLEMENT."



    QUESTION: "WHAT WILL HAPPEN NOW. WILL YOU HAVE FURTHER TALKS WITH THESE BIAFRAN LEADERS?"



    SHEPHERD: "WELL I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THESE BIAFRAN LEADERS ARE. SOME, I KNOW, WERE GOING BACK TO BIAFRA TO PRESS THEIR POINT OF VIEW. I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THEY ARE TONIGHT. BUT AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED - AS I SAY IF THERE IS JUST THE SLIGHTEST GLIMMER OF LIGHT THIS GOVERNMENT, AND I BELIEVE WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL WORK TO FIND A NEGOTIATED END TO THIS FIGHTING, CERTAINLY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE."



    "THANK YOU VERY MUCH."




    Initials JP/V/CT/PC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE BRITISH MINISTER OF STATE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH, LORD SHEPHERD, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) FROM A FIVE DAY VISIT TO NIGERIA WHERE HE HAD TALKS WITH THE HEAD OF STATE, MAJOR GENERAL GOWON.

    LORD SHEPHERD SAID ON ARRIVAL IN LONDON HE THOUGHT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS STILL PREPARED TO NEGOTIATE A SETTLEMENT WITH BIAFRA, EVEN AT THIS LATE STAGE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAECC7688OLFST9FFZIAI8LBA3A
    Media URN:
    VLVAECC7688OLFST9FFZIAI8LBA3A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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