A week-long meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Ministerial Council opened in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia on Monday (23 February) and the meeting illustrates the speed with which events in Africa are taking place.
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Background: A week-long meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Ministerial Council opened in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia on Monday (23 February) and the meeting illustrates the speed with which events in Africa are taking place.
Angola, which only a month ago resulted in a deadlock at an OAU summit, may not even be mentioned. And, if it is, it will certainly not be a major issue. In fact, Angola will take its place as the organisation's 47th member for the first time.
Many new African problems are likely to be considered. These include the future of the Western Sahara; the French Territory of Afars and Issas; the question of the pro-French Mayotte in the newly-independent Comoran archipelago; and Ugandan President Amin's statement that Britain, in the colonial days, wrongly included parts of his country within the boundaries of Kenya and the Sudan.
Rhodesia is expected to appear high on the agenda and the OAU will be under pressure to define its attitude over the rebel British colony.... on which black African opinion is divided. Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda recently predicted a "bloodbath" in Rhodesia if present talks between the white minority regime and black African nationalists break down.
The delegates began arriving for the conference on Friday (20 February). Some were welcomed by the Secretary-General of the OAU, while others were met by other organisation officials.