African foreign ministers have been meeting in Khartoum preparing for the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit to be held from July 18 to July 21.
GV Khartoum street with welcome sign
GV PAN FROM Flags TO conference hall
MV INT Delegates talking
SVs Delegates - Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria and Uganda (4 shots)
MV Assistant Secretary of OAU talking with delegate
SCU Administration Secretary
MV Secretary General Willian Eteki Mboumoua walks in and sits down
GV Conference in progress
SV Delegates - Chad, Djibouti, Ivory Coast, Sao Tome and Principle, Angola, Malawi, Senegal and Gabon (8 shots)
GV PAN Conference
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Background: African foreign ministers have been meeting in Khartoum preparing for the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit to be held from July 18 to July 21.
SYNOPSIS: The ministers had been in session since July 7 covering issues that, in turn, would be referred to the Heads of State during their three-day annual summit. On Saturday (15 July), the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) said that 26 Heads of States from 49 member countries had already said they would attend, and more acceptances were expected. The ministers have had heated discussions on foreign interference in African affairs, including the recent use of French and Belgian troops in Zairo. But, concern was also expressed at increasing Soviet and Cuban influence in parts of the continent.
African stats have agreed to try to organise on oil boycott against South Africa and Rhodesia. South Africa receives a large part of its oil from Iran, and the Africans hope they can persuade the Iranians to stope supplies.
The foreign ministers have renewed their support for the Arab states opposing Israel. An OAU spokesman said the meeting condemned what was termed Israeli aggression against Lebanon and Israel's continued intransigence, especially following Egypt's peace initiative last year.
On Saturday (15 July), the council reaffirmed support for national liberation movements. It also urged member countries to avoid forming military pacts with foreign powers, and called for the closing of foreign military bases in Africa. Debates during the conference have, at times, been bitter. The public inaugural session had to be concluded behind closed doors for the first time in the OAU's 15-year history because of acrimonious exchanges on foreign military intervention in Africa.