The heads of state of some 40 African countries have been arriving in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African United (OAU) which will be opened on Thursday (24 May) by Emperor Hails Selassie.
GV & SV EXTERIOR..Africa Hall (2 shots)
GV & SV EXTERIOR portraits of African leaders (3 shots)
SV Pres. Senghor down aircraft steps & greeted by Emperor Selassie
Sv Senghor & Selassie on rostrum as anthem is played (2 shots)
Sv Swaziland PM down aircraft steps (Dlamini) greeted by Selassie
SV & GV Dlamini inspects guard of honour
SV Addis Ababa control tower PAN TO LV aircraft taxis
MV Selassie on tarmac
MV Pres. Bongo down aircraft steps and greeted by Selassie
MV Bongo & Selassie walk towards guard of honour
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Background: The heads of state of some 40 African countries have been arriving in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African United (OAU) which will be opened on Thursday (24 May) by Emperor Hails Selassie.
Celebrations will begin with speeches at Addis Ababa's Africa Hall, during which the OAU's Secretary-General, Nzo Ekahgaki, will review the organisation's activities and achievements.
Later, an exhibition staged by liberation movements will be inaugurated and, in the evening, there will be a banquet given by the Ethiopian Emperor.
On Saturday (26 May), the heads of state will meet to adopt a political declaration drafted by the OAU Ministerial Council, which has been meeting in Addis Ababa. They will also adopt a declaration on pan-African co-operation in world economic affairs, drawn up at the recent conference of trade and finance ministers in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
In the afternoon, the national leaders will attend the opening of the tenth OAU summit, which is due to and on Monday (28 May). Throughout the celebrations, cultural groups from various African member states will perform for the delegates.
SYNOPSIS: Africa Hall, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. It's here that the heads of state of some 40 countries are gathered for the tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity.
President Leopold Senghor of Senegal was one of the first African leaders to arrive on Tuesday. He was met at Addis Ababa airport by Emperor Haile Selassie, who was due to open the anniversary celebrations with a speech at Africa Hall on Thursday.
Swaziland's Prime Minister, Prince Makhosini Dlamini, arrived on the same day. A political declaration drafted by the OAU's Ministerial Council which has been meeting in Addis Ababa, was due to be adopted by the African heads of state on Saturday.
Prince Dlamini and Emperor Selassie were among heads of state who were expected to endorse a declaration of pan-African co-operation in economic affairs at the OAU celebrations.
African liberation movements have prepared an exhibition for the celebrations, which are to be followed by the OAU's tenth summit. President Albert Bernard Bongo, of Gabon, was also met by Emperor Selassie when he flew in on Tuesday. Cultural groups from various African states are in Addis Ababa to entertain the official delegates and visitors.
The Ethiopian Emperor accompanied President Bongo on his inspection of a guard of honour at the airport. Libya's President Muammar Gaddafi announced in advance that the would boycott the celebrations because of continued links between Israel and several OAU member states.