British proposals to resume arms sales to South Africa were condemned by Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie on Monday (August 24th).
British proposals to resume arms sales to South Africa were condemned by Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie on Monday (August 24th). He was opening the 15th session of the Organisation of African Unity Council of Minister, currently meeting in Addis Ababa.
The Emperor told delegates that the arms sales would undoubtedly help South African to "promote and maintain its oppressive rule" over the black African majority in the country.
Taking their cue from this opening speech, the Council immediately placed the question of arms sales on the agenda for the next O.A.U. summit conference, due to start in Addis ababa next week.
Meanwhile, the ministerial council has before it is a resolution deploring Britain's consideration of arms sales, and condemning France and West Germany for continuing such sales to South Africa.
The council will also debate the progress of social and economic development in African states --- a review called for in Emperor Haile Selassie's opening speech.