Des interviews exclusives de Dja-Apharou ISSA IBRAHIM, ami et confident de Jacques Baulin, responsable par donation de l’intégralité des documents constituant le fond, et président de l’association sont actuellement publiées dans la rubrique présentation.
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A Strong supporter of Mr. Wilson’s lpolicy towards Nigeria is now in London and waiting to see him on his return from Lagos and Addis Ababa : President Diori Hamani , of the Niger Republic . Nigeria’s northern and largely Saharan neighbour . He considers that Britain is properly following its traditional policy of maintaining a single Nigeria , just as it is right for Britain to get into the Common Market . It is wrong fir General de Gaulle to keep Britain out , to back Biafran secession , or to seek to seek to draw Quebec away from Canada . Only Rfance , not la Francophonie . Wanis any such thing he toid me .
A bluff , vigorous, outspoken man , who believes that histoty is on the side if states , cultures and economic blocks , the President has little use for Britain’s emotional attitude - for which he blames the press - to the bombings of civiliants and starvation in Biafra .
« I am an African , and ifeel this suffering more than people here can », he told me . « But European intervention and techniques are more to blame . More children died in Katalanga and Kasai , when you backed secession there , than have in Biafra . Bombing was developed in Europe and carried out out on Dresden . It is in you interest that Nigeria should remain united , just as it is in Africa’s interest . You are opposed to de Gaulle in Europe , but you fall for his policy in Biafra . I shall never understang Europeans ! »
Diori Hamani , who has twice been a French parliamentary deputy , probably understands Europeans well enough . Convinced that Africans must build own unity , he has learant English .
The first day of his visit he spent touring British atomic power plants before speding an entire evening with Michael Stewart . Uranium has been discovered in large quantities in Niger , a poor country which lacks power . Yes , president Diori agreed , it would he logical to build nuclear power stations a Niger , but he would not commit himself to the advantage of a specifically Britich one - only to an exchange of Niger uranium for western nucear skills . « I shall not go against history » , he said « and export uranium siply to import coal and oil to provide Niger with power ».
President Diori Hamani
He is here at the right moment , and so is Madame Diori Hamani . While the President clambered about Dungeness , she went to Newmarket . She is a successful breeder of horses in Niger .
David Oistrakh is to receive an honorary degree at Cambridge this summer , i hear . He becomes the second contemporary Soviet musician tobe thus honoured latterly : Mstislaw Rostropovich , the great cellist , pipped him to the post at St. Andrews last year . In fact Combridge had been hoping to honour the violinist last summer , too , but concert comminitments in Moscow conneeted with his sixtieth for him to come over .
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