Mr. Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-general of the United Nations addressed the tenth anniversary celebrations of the?
Mr. Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-general of the United Nations addressed the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa on Friday (25 May). Dr. Waldheim spoke of the increasingly close cooperation between the OAU and the UN as a major factor in progress towards decolonisation in Africa.
"The situation in Namibia (South West Africa)" said Dr. Waldheim for the past twenty six years. It is clear that the international community has a special and continuing obligation towards the people of Namibia. We have taken up their cause. We must not, and we shall not abandon that cause."
Dr. Waldheim also spoke abut the situation in Rhodesia and the Portuguese African territories. On Rhodesia he said that there were member states who were violating the mandatory sanctions policy, he called upon them to abide by their UN obligations. Speaking about the Portuguese territories Dr. Waldheim warned "if the necessity for change is not recognised, violence and further bloodshed could lead to a situation with incalculable consequences for peace and security."
In a speech, Dr. Waldheim also dealt with the current situation in the Middle East. He said, "an equitable peace remains elusive...we are dealing with a highly explosive situation. Time is not in our favour."
Dr. Waldheim also spoke about the importance of the OAU as an international organisation. He said.