In Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere strongly attacked the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (10 December), and its current Chairman, Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri, for failing to condemn Ugandan President Idi Amin,.
SV President Julius Nyerere leaves car and walks up steps of Diamond Jubilee Hall and is greeted by the Prime Minister Edward Moringe Sokoine and other Tanzanian leaders
SV INTERIOR PAN along Ministers seated, to President Nyerere
SV PAN over crowd seated inside hall
SV President Nyerere speaking in Swahili as crowd listen to speech (FOUR SHOTS)
On Sunday (10 December), President Nimeiri concluded his tour of East African nations with a visit to Nairobi, where his talks with Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi concentrated on finding a permanent solution to the conflict between Tanzania and Uganda. (Please see Visnews script No. 11352/78).
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Background: In Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere strongly attacked the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (10 December), and its current Chairman, Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri, for failing to condemn Ugandan President Idi Amin,. whose forces reportedly occupied a large part of north-west Tanzania recently. On Saturday (9 December), President Nyerere had condemned Ugandan President Idi Amin in a speech marking the seventeenth anniversary of Tanzanian independence.
SYNOPSIS: President Nyerere criticised President Amin in a speech to regional party and government leaders at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in dar es Salaam. He was greeted on the hall steps by Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Moringe Sokoine.
Uganda's reported invasion of the Kagera Salient, an area of more than 700 square miles (1,800 sq. km.), west of Lake Victoria took place at the end of October. The Ugandan force, one thousand strong and backed by tanks and artillery, withdrew after two weeks.
In a speech broadcast live throughout Tanzania, President Nyerere called President Amin a licensed killer, and said he had killed more people than the minority regimes in Southern Africa. Earlier this month, OAU Chairman President Nimeiri visited both countries in the border dispute. He said they welcomed his efforts to mediate in the conflict, and had agreed to stop the fighting.
But, in another speech the following day (10 December), the Tanzanian President outlined his conditions for acceptance of OAU mediation in the dispute. President Nyerere said that, when the OAU condemned Ugandan aggression and persuaded President Amin to renounce his claim to Tanzanian territory, it could then justify asking Tanzania to exercise restraint in the dispute.