The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting due to start on June 21st in Addis Ababa is being preceded by a meeting at Foreign Minister level, which though officially convened to discuss procedural and not political questions has already led to difficulties, notably over the attendance of a Ugandan delegation.
MV Ato Yifru & Diallo Telli walk to plane
MV Jean Keutcha leaves plane & greeted by Yifru & Telli
Top Shot. Ministers & staffs
MV Woman greeted
MV Ghana F.M. Mr Atta
SVs Delegates walk from plane (2 shots)
MCV Ministers past & into building
MV Delegates at reception
MCV Atta (right) & Ethiopian ambassador chatting
MCV Aripko & Modena chatting
MV Aripko, Modena, Yifru & Keutcha
MCV Yifru & Keutcha talking
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Background: The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting due to start on June 21st in Addis Ababa is being preceded by a meeting at Foreign Minister level, which though officially convened to discuss procedural and not political questions has already led to difficulties, notably over the attendance of a Ugandan delegation.
Today as ministers arrived for the meeting, the OAU spokesman Mr Sahnoun announced that there would be a delegation from Uganda, led by Ambassador Matiya Lubega, but it still seems likely that there will be no delegation from Uganda at the summit itself. General Amin refuses to attend in protest against the decision to hold the summit in Ethiopia rather than Kampala as previously planned.
This film shows some of the first ministers arriving in Addis Ababa.
SYNOPSIS: The Ethiopian Foreign Minister Mr Ato Ketema Yifru went to Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa on Wednesday to meet foreign ministers of Organisation of African Unity countries. First to come down the steps of the aircraft was Cameroun minister Jean Keutcha, and he and his party were greeted by OAU permanent officials including Mr Diallo Telli, the organisation's secretary-general.
Ghana's Foreign Minister, Mr W. Ofori Atta, was on the same plane. Though the summit meeting is not until June 21st, the agenda has to be fixed by the Foreign Ministers who began formal discussions on Friday. The ministerial discussions are largely procedural, though they come at a time when African leaders are increasingly preoccupied by relations with South Africa.
Ethiopian ambassadors from the various countries attending the meeting accompanied the ministers.
Before the formal meeting, ministers took the opportunity to hold informal discussions with each other, as must of the value of such gatherings lies in the fact that people can meet without great ceremony.