More than a dozen heads of state as well as top ministers from about 50 nations are expected to attend the third and largest non-aligned conference which begins in Lusaka on Tuesday (September 8).
AV Lusaka (3 shots)
GV & SV Soldiers at airport
GV Line of aircraft
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SCU Man being greeted
SV People towards airport building
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GV Workers putting up flags on lamp-posts
Algeria's delegate escorted (2 shots)
SV Flags & banners "Peace is our aim" (2 shots)
LV VIP escorted to conference room
SCU Kaunda (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: KAUNDA: SEQ 12: "Insofar as the conference is concerned, I must say once again how grateful I am to all our leaders on the continent of Africa for the honour they have done me and Zambia by electing me chairman - current chairman - of the assembly of heads of state and government.
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Background: More than a dozen heads of state as well as top ministers from about 50 nations are expected to attend the third and largest non-aligned conference which begins in Lusaka on Tuesday (September 8).
The purpose of the conference is to try to reach agreement on the future role of a "third world" independent of the major power bloos. The first non-aligned conference at Bandung, Indonesia, in 1955, charted a path for many liberated colonies and developing countries between East and West. It was the height of the cold war. Since then, tensions between the two main powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, have eased; there have been vast changes in the political map of the world.
The liberation of Africa from colonial rule has swollen the ranks of the non-aligned. It has produced new campaigns and causes.
Fears of war in Asia and the Middle East attracted the concern of previous non-aligned meetings. Today the main point at issues is while majority rule in South Africa.
It is expected that this latest conference will decide on some form of action--political or economic--in an attempt to force South Africa to change its apartheid policies.
The conference has been estimated to be costing Zambia about 8,600,000 sterling (20 million kwachas),most of it having been spent on the brand-new conference hall in Lusaka. It was begun four months ago, and completed just in time with the aid of Yugoslav technicians. Zambia maintains close links with Yugoslavia, and Marshal Tito will be one of the prominent figures at the conference.
Zambia has been concentrating all its technical and administrative skills in preparing for the conference. Delegates arriving will find everything--including their journeys to and from the conference village--rehearsed and timed. It is hoped that with all the practical details taken care of, delegates will be able to devote themselves to the serious business of the conference itself.
Zambian President kenneth Kaunda spoke at a press conference on Friday. He had just returned from Addis Ababa where he attended the Organisation of African Unity summit conference.