The 24th Ordinary Ministerial Council Meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.) began in?
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SV Delegates seated
SCU (left) Sec.-Gen. Ekangaki and Chairman Ghahib (with beard) seated
CU Benti speaking
Delegates from Gabon Republic Guinea-Bissau, and Gambia (3 shots)
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SV PAN Delegates from Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya listening (2 shots)
SCU & SV Ghahib speaking (2 shots)
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Background: The 24th Ordinary Ministerial Council Meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.) began in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday (13 February). The conference was opened by the Chairman of Ethiopia's Provisional Military Council, Brigadier-General Teferi Benti in the presence of O.A.U. acting Chairman Omar Arteh Ghalib.
The meeting's 28-point agenda 13 dominated by budgetary and administrative matters, including a review of relations with Portugal.
Observers believe that it is unlikely that the ministers will discuss the fighting between Ethiopian forces and secessionists in the northern Ethiopian province of Eritrea, despite United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim's appeal to the O.A.U. to prevent further bloodshed in the region.
O.A.U. sources say that the issue could not be raised officially unless the Ethiopian Military Council requested the Organisation's assistance. However, Ethiopia regards the conflict as a purely domestic problem and is known to be strongly opposed to internationalising it.
In Eritrea itself, the situation has quietened in the past few days. Residents of the provincial capital, Asmara, have reported that life is slowly returning to normal. Over 1,850 people are reported to have been killed in fighting since the end of January.