The tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was celebrated on Friday (25 May) at a special meeting at the United Nations organised by the OAU in New York.
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"Mr. Chairman, in brief, despite all odds and handicaps, the Organisation of African Unity has been able to survive and function. But even more important, it has given the African states and people a sense of unity and identification of common purpose. In the process as a whole, Africa has come to realise the advantage of strength in unity. If only for this achievement in this ten years, Africa can be proud of the modest contribution towards international unity and cooperation."
"It is our firm conviction that a further strengthening of this relationship will increase our capacity to serve the interests of the African countries and people at all levels and, with the cooperation of the United Nations Family of organisations and programmes, assist in generating greater momentum to the process of de-colonisation and social justice in Africa. Thank you, Mr. Chairman."
"We intend to support the brothers and sisters on the continent of Africa in the struggle against racist minority governments; against colonialism in Africa, and we are sorely aware that the chief colonial power in the world - the chief obstruction to all people's movement all over the world - is the Government of the United States, in bloody alliance with world imperialism...the United States, which supports Portuguese colonialism; Rhodesia minority regimes; South African Colonialism, is really colonialism. There are thirty- million Africans here in the United States who begin to move concretely, to influence the power scenes, the anti-African policies of the United States of America. Tomorrow (26 May) throughout this country, african Liberation Day has been proclaimed. In twenty States, in 25 cities, we will demonstrate our solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the continent of Africa. Here, in New York city, across the river in Newark, New Jersey we are beginning to move - to show a concrete pen-Africanism and a concrete solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the continent. The theme of our movement, as the Chairman of the African Liberation Support Committee has announced is: 'There can be no peace with honour. Africans are at war at home and abroad.' Again, thank you very much Mr. President, Asante Sana, and welcome this tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity as a demonstration of World African solidarity and our determination for world African liberation. Asante."
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Background: The tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was celebrated on Friday (25 May) at a special meeting at the United Nations organised by the OAU in New York.
All member states, with the exception of South Africa, Portugal and Israel, were invited as were various other local organisation with a special interest in African affairs.
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Ismail Toure, Guinea's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations.
Among the speakers at the meeting was Ambassador Abdullah from the Sudan, he said:
Another speaker, Iran's Mr. Mehdi Ehsassel, said:
An assurance of strong support for the OAU was given by Mr. Imama Bareka, representative of the Afro-American Organisation, who also strongly attacked the "obstructive imperialism" of the United States. He said: