The Organisation of African Unity has been holding the 18th ordinary session of its Council of Ministers in Addis Ababa.
The Organisation of African Unity has been holding the 18th ordinary session of its Council of Ministers in Addis Ababa. Emperor Haile Selassie attended the opening ceremony in Africa Hall on Monday.
Primary purpose of the meeting was to consider budgetary and administrative matters, and to hear the report of the DAU Secretary General, Mr Diallo Telli. Recommendations on African defence were also on the agenda.
But the meeting, coming hard on the heels of the United Nations Security Council session in the same hall, also discussed African political problems, in particular the situations in Rhodesia and South-West Africa.
In a keynote address, Emperor Hails Selassie he regretted that the Security Council had not taken all the actions required by the situation in Africa. It was clear, he said, that the peoples of Africa were facing one enemy - the alliance of colonialism and racism.
SYNOPSIS: Africa Hall in Addis Ababa, where the Organisation of African Unity this week hold a regular meeting of its Ministerial Council. Emperor Hails Selassie was met by DAU Secretary-General Diallo Talli when he Arrived to address the opening session.
Only days before, the United Nations Security Council had met in the same hall. In his speech, the Emperor said he regretted that the Security Council meeting did not take all the actions required by the situation in Africa. He said it was clear the peoples of Africa were facing one enemy - the alliance of colonialism and racism.
The Council's outgoing chairman, Sierra Leone Foreign Minister Solomon Pratt invited the delegates to stand in memory of the late President Tubman of Liberia.
Somali Foreign Minister Omar Artch told the meeting that the organisation had not hitherto allocated enough funds for the liberations struggle in Africa. Moroccan Foreign Minister Abdellatif Filali also spoke. The session was primarily to discuss the DAU's budget and administration. But Africa's political problems also came under debate. The council agreed to study what it called the grave situation in Rhodesia and South-West Africa.
The council unanimously elected Ethiopia's Foreign Minister, Dr Menassia Haile, as its new chairman, in succession to Mr Solomon Pratt.