Kwame Nkrumah

sekou tourThe new military government of Ghana on [March 4] broke diplomatic relations with Guinea, whose president has proclaimed deposed Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah his equal. The break came as the new regime of Gen. Joseph Ankrah gained the formal recognition of the United States, Britain and several African nations.

In announcing the rupture with Guinea, Ghana’s National Liberation Council also scoffed at reports that Guinea’s Sekou Touré has bestowed the Guinean presidency on Mr. Nkrumah. ‘‘Apparently Guinea bestowed these offices on Nkrumah on the illusion that the Ghana-Guinea Union (of 1958) is still in being,’’ a Ghana communiqué said. ‘‘It is well known, however, that the union was dissolved long ago owing to the dictatorial tendencies of Nkrumah.’’

Ghana also said that Guinea has held the Ghanaian ambassador in Conakry and his staff under house arrest since Tuesday. It demanded their immediate release. — New York Herald Tribune, European Edition, March 5, 1966

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