The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit conference meeting in Addis Ababa on Monday (21 June) elected President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania as OAU Chairman for the coming year.
The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit conference meeting in Addis Ababa on Monday (21 June) elected President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania as OAU Chairman for the coming year. The Mauritanian leader follows outgoing Chairman Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia.
The library film shows Presidents Ould Daddah and Kaunda during the Mauritanian leader's State Visit to Zambia in 1968.
SYNOPSIS: The Organisation of African Unity summit conference on Monday elected Mauritanian President Moktar Ould Daddah as OAU Chairman for the coming year. He follows outgoing Chairman Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia. In 1968, the Mauritanian leader made a State Visit to Zambia. The OAU summit opened on Monday in Addis Ababa in the wake of a meeting of the Ministerial Council in which five delegations walked out over the issue of dialogues with South Africa.
President Ould Daddah has been Mauritania's President since 1961 and was re-elected to a further five-year term in 1966. A lawyer, he's been active in Mauritanian politics since before the country became independent from France in 1960. He takes over a troubled OAU. Monday's opening session was attended by only ten heads of state and government -- the lowest in the history of the sight-year-old organisation.
In the course of Monday's debate, President Kaunda said that a new and encouraging development was taking place in Europe and else-where in the world where South Africa had enjoyed traditional support. He said that in a number of places, public opinion was swinging not only against apartheid but the whole oppressive machinery of the minority regimes in southern Africa. Other speakers said that South Africa wanted dialogue with black independent African countries because of her increasing world isolation.
During the 1968 visit, the two Presidents visited the Mount Makulu agricultural research station and were shown around the facility.
The draft agenda of the OAU conference includes items on decolonialisation, apartheid, mercenaries in Africa, the Middle East and inter-African cooperation.
The representatives will also be discussing a complaint by Guinea that Senegal is harbouring people planning to attack Guinea. It was reported that an additional item would be included on the implications of Monday's advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice that Namibia -- South West Africa -- is illegally occupied by South Africa. Six Vice-Presidents were also elected in Monday's session. They were the leaders of Chad, Senegal, Nigeria, Sudan, Gambia and Somalia.