Delegates to the seventh annual summit conference of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.) were?
Delegates to the seventh annual summit conference of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.) were met with full honours at the airport of Addis Ababa by Emperor Haile Selassie on Sunday (31 August).
Among the first arrivals was one of the longest serving rulers, Francois Tombalbaye, who became Chad's first president when it achieved independence in August 1960. President Ahmadou Ahidjo, the head of state of Cameroun since 1960, Milton Obote, President of Uganda and President Maga of Dahomey, were other early arrivals.
The question of arms to South Africa is likely to be one of the main topics of the conference. Before the conference began the ministerial council of the O.A.U. adopted a resolution condemning the sale of arms to South Africa, and named France, Britain and West Germany in particular. The council proposed that a mission of foreign ministers be set up by the African states to visit the countries that are selling or intending to sell arms to South Africa.
One of the great hopes of the conference is that unanimity on all subjects will be reached, so that the states of Africa will speak with one voice at next month's non-aligned conference in Lusaka.