A pubic meeting was held in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Monday (31 May) to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
A pubic meeting was held in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Monday (31 May) to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The meeting was sponsored jointly by India's ruling Congress Party, the African National Congress and several other bodies.
The President of the Congress Party, Dev Kant Barooah, addressed the delegates and spoke of the advancements against 'imperialism' in the world. He said that communications and the news media had brought the plight of some nations to the eyes of the world.
Kenya's High Commissioner to India, Mr. S.K. Kimalel, also spoke at the meeting. He thanked India for its help to African nations. In April, India announced that it would support liberation movements in Africa, by all possible means, "in their struggle against apartheid. racialism and minority regimes".
Mr. Kimalel went on to speak of the OAU. The organisation was founded in 1963 at a meeting of 30 African states in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. It now includes all the 47 independent African countries except South Africa and Rhodesia -- whose independence was unilaterally declared and had not been internationally recognised.