- Title: GHANA/TOGO: GHANA TOGO REACH AGREEMENT AS PART OF CO-OPERATION PACT.
- Date: 6th April 1973
- Summary: 1. CU Sign over Togo-Ghana border PAN DOWN TO car arriving 0.05 2. SV Sign outside 0.08 3. LV PAN DOWN FROM Sign Welcome to Togo site being prepared for ceremony 0.13 4. SV President Eyadema cuts ribbon and walks forward to shake hands with Pres. Acheampong 0.22 5. SV PAN The two presidents walking in Togo 0.32 6. SV PAN Ghana and Togo flags 0.40 7. SV The two presidents salute during ceremony 0.47 8. LV Ghana Customs building 0.50 9. SV & CU President Acheampong opens border gate, cuts ribbon, walks forward and shakes hands with Pres. Eyadema before inviting him into Ghana 1.10 10. TV Two presidents walking in Ghana 1.19 11. SV President Acheampong speaks during ceremony in Ghana 1.28 12. SV PAN FROM Border post to soldiers marching between the two countries 1.33 Initials BB/0150 JT/MR/BB/0205 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 21st April 1973 13:00
- Location: AFLAO, GHANA
- Country: Ghana
- Reuters ID: LVA4LVHBVKFR3YYJRXT62KOJSRJN
- Story Text: The President of Togo, Major-General Etienne Eyadema and Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, Ghana's leader, ceremoniously opened a 24-hour crossing point at the Ghanaian border town of Aflao on Saturday (31 March). This was in accordance with a pact on economic and cultural cooperation signed in Accra the day before.
The pact allowed for the establishment of a joint Commission on the demarcation of the border to avoid frontier incidents. At the ceremony Colonel Acheampong said the opening should enabled them to pool their resources for mutual rapid development. The Togoless leader agreed that it stemmed from Togo's desire to open her doors to all friendly nations.
The Ghana/Togo agreement comes just before the summit conference of the Organisation of African Unity to be held next month. In a communique issued the day before, the two countries had pledged themselves to fight relentlessly against apartheid and racial discrimination in Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The Togoless President Major-General Etienne Eyadema and the Ghanaian leader, Colonel Acheampong, ceremonially opened a 24-hour crossing point at the border town of Aflao on Saturday.
On the previous day in Accra, a wide-ranging pact had been signed. The agreement included the establishment of a Joint commission on the demarcation of the Ghana-Togo border. This was to prevent frontier incidents and to promote friendship among the border peoples.
The agreement concerned programmes to co-ordinate their industrial and agricultural efforts and to expand trade relations. An air transport agreement and road and telecommunications links are also to be implemented.
Colonel Acheampong said the ceremony should help Ghana and Togo pool their resources for mutual development and co-operation was necessary. President Eyadema said better understanding should follow the opening and Togo's decision stemmed from her desire to open her doors to all friendly nations.
Such co-operative activity comes shortly before next month's summit conference on the tenth anniversary of the Organisation of african Unity. In a joint communique issued the previous day, the two leaders expressed full support for the Zambian people in what was described as their courageous stand against economic blackmail by the rebel Rhodesian regime.
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