At its meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday (21 February), the Council of Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity expressed concern at the appointment of Mr.
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Background: At its meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday (21 February), the Council of Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity expressed concern at the appointment of Mr. Nathaniel Davis as the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Mr. Davis was previously the United States Ambassador to Guatemala and Chile, and is said to have been associated with America's policy of "political destabilization" in Latin America.
The OAU Council issued a statement following their meeting, which said that though the Council did not wish to interfere in the internal affairs of a member state of the United Nations, the ministers nevertheless felt duty bound to point out that with Mr. Davis's well-known background, "African governments are bound to question what this appointment may portend as far as U.S. policy is concerned".
The statement was read to newsmen at a news conference, by Mr. Peter Onu, the Assistant Secretary General of the OAU.
Mr. Davis will replace Mr. Donald Easum, who has only served in the post for nine months. The statement said that the Council of Ministers wished to reiterate its unswerving dedication to the policy of liquidating the remaining vestiges of colonialist and racialist oppression and domination from the face of Africa. It would therefore strongly resist and condemn any move by any country to import into Africa the odious practice of "political destabilization".
That policy had "brought untold harm to our brothers in Latin America, culminating most recently in the overthrow and assassination of the progressive President Allende of Chile".