Nigeria-Biafra Tragedy: Any Hope?
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 4 Dec 1969, p. 153-163
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Nigeria-Biafra Tragedy: Any Hope?


Ladies Day. The issue of misinformation about what is happening in the relief effort on both the Nigeria and Biafra sides. The need for accurate facts and clear thinking to identify the real question the conflict poses for us: "whether we can take a non-partisan position and support a peaceful settlement which recognizes the rights and concerns of both sides of the conflict." The speaker's personal experiences and a brief history of the conflict. Canada's activities in terms of relief programmes for Nigeria as well as Biafra. Prospects for peaceful settlement. Costs and consequences of a prolonged war. Criticism of intervention. Canada's responsibility in relief, and in terms of peace. The possibility for the Canadian government to provide leadership to many nations of Europe and of Africa that would like to promote peaceful settlement but are unwilling to take the leadership risks themselves. Pressuring the Canadian Government "to play a bolder and more creative role in seeking to encourage negotiation talks through the United Nations or through special conversations called for this purpose." Concern for humanity taking precedence over all other considerations.