• Short Summary

    AN URGENT PLEA FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A UNITED STATES OF AFRICAN WAS THE MAIN THEME OF AN ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT NKRUMAH OF GHANA AT THE FOURTH SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE ORGANISATION FOR AFRICAN UNITY OF SUNDAY.

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    AN URGENT PLEA FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A UNITED STATES OF AFRICAN WAS THE MAIN THEME OF AN ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT NKRUMAH OF GHANA AT THE FOURTH SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE ORGANISATION FOR AFRICAN UNITY OF SUNDAY. HE SAID "ONLY A UNION GOVERNMENT CAN GUARANTEE AFRICA'S SURVIVAL."
    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH DECLARED THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AFRICAN STATES ON THE ISSUE WAS AS TO THE URGENCY AND NOT THE NECESSITY OF SUCH A UNION. HE SAID THE "IMPERIALISTS" REGARDED THE O.A.U. CHARTER AS ONLY SOMETHING ON PAPER, BUT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE DEFIED A UNION GOVERNMENT SUCH AS HE HAD SUGGESTED AT THE FIRST CONFERENCE IN ADDIS ABABA LAST YEAR.

    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH SAID HE WAS NOT ADVOCATING SEVERING ECONOMIC RELATIONS WITH NON-AFRICAN COUNTRIES, BUT AFRICA SHOULD WORK AS ONE UNIT. AFRICA WAS A POTENTIALLY WEALTHY CONTINENT, HE ADDED. THE MAIN PROBLEM WAS THE EXISTENCE OF SMALL STATES WITH DIFFERENT POLICIES AND ATTITUDES.

    FINALLY, THE GHANAIAN LEADER CALLED ON THE AFRICAN STATES TO "USE ALL OUR POTENTIAL TO LAUNCH A RELENTLESS WAR AGAINST RACIAL POLICIES."
    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH WAS FOLLOWED BY MR. ALBERT MARGAI, PRIME MINISTER OF SIERRA LEONE, WHO PROPOSED THAT BORDER DISPUTES COULD BE AVOIDED BY OBSERVING THOSE ESTABLISHED AT THE TIME OF INDEPENDENCE. BILATERAL AGREEMENTS DEFINING THESE BORDERS SHOULD THEN BE DEPOSITED WITH THE O.A.U. SECRETARIAT.

    HE NOTED "WITH GREAT REGRET" CERTAIN MEMBERS WERE STILL TRADING WITH SOUTH AFRICA, AND APPEALED TO THE CONFERENCE TO PERSUADE WORLD POWERS TO END THEIR TRADE WITH THE REPUBLIC.

    ON SOUTHERN RHODESIA, HE SAID BRITAIN SHOULD RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS THERE AND ARRIVE AT MAJORITY RULE BY THE PRINCIPLE OF ONE MAN, ONE VOTE.

    MR. MARGAI AGREED WITH PRESIDENT NKRUMAH THAT THE ULTIMATE AFRICAN AIM WAS TO ATTAIN UNITY IN THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL FIELDS, BUT HIS DELEGATION WERE NOT CERTAIN WHEN THIS WOULD BE FEASIBLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA14YVUCDIIRAAZQ50VMUQ13EUL
    Media URN:
    VLVA14YVUCDIIRAAZQ50VMUQ13EUL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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