The ninth Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting was opened in rabat on Monday (12 June) by King Hassan of Morocco.
The ninth Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting was opened in rabat on Monday (12 June) by King Hassan of Morocco. The conference, attended by 22 heads of state, will discuss the eradication of colonial and racist regimes.
There are, however, some notable absentees from the conference including President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, despite the fact that the Arab-Israeli conflict is high on the 17-point agenda. Also absent are President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast and Kamuzu Banda of Malawi--both Champions of a dialogue between black Africa and South Africa. This controversial issue is not on the agenda.
The Summit is to consider five resolutions on decolonisation, calling for substantial increases in supplies of cash and war material to liberation movements.
King Hassan of Morocco, OAU Chairman for the coming year, opened the summit by telling African liberation movement leaders that if negotiation towards independence for colonial territories failed--"only combat is left."
The delegations from forty countries must also choose a new Secretary-General for the OAU to replace Dialo Telli of Guinea, now at the end of his second term of office.
The opening session of the three-day conference was attended by nearly a thousand delegates, diplomats and guests in the Rabat Hilton Hotel's ballroom.
One of the speakers was United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who warned that independence would come to Africa's white-ruled states sooner or later, "peacefully or by force."