President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia arrived at Bole International Airport on Friday ( August 28 ) on a four-day state visit to Ethiopia.
President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia arrived at Bole International Airport on Friday ( August 28 ) on a four-day state visit to Ethiopia. The President accompanied by his wife, was greeted at the airport by Emperor Haile Selassie.
The Ministerial Council of the Organisation of African unity continued to meet in Addis Ababa today ( Sunday ) in preparation for the O.A.U. summit conference which starts on Tuesday.
A 21-gun salute was fired when President Kaunda stepped from the aircraft. Both leaders received the salute of a guard of honour as the national anthems of Zambia and Ethiopia were played. A squadron of Ethiopian Air Force jet fighters flew overhead.
Cheering crowds and troops lined the three mile (five kms) route from the airport to the Jubilee Palace, where the President and Mrs. Kaunda will stay during their visit.
Among the topics expected to be discussed by the two leaders during the President's stay are the future of Zambia's relations with Nigeria. Diplomatic relations were broken off during the Nigerian civil was when Zambia recognised the Biafran secessionist movement.
At Africa Hall in Addis Ababa, foreign ministers of O.A.U. member countries spent Friday afternoon discussing questions of structure within the organisation. It was decided to maintain the present staff structure of the O.A.U. secretariat for the next two years, instead of accepting a proposal which would cut the number of Assistant Secretary-Generals from the existing four to two.
The ministerial council also discussed how the O.A.U. and Africa could help the United Nations Security Council when its case on Namibia (South-West Africa) is presented in the International Court of justice in the Hague.
Four hours of discussions about the future of the 22-nation Commission of Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration, resulted in a deadlock however, with members of the ministerial council deciding to send the questions to the summit conference next week.