The 20th ministerial Council of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) opened on Monday (5 February) in Addis Ababa.
GV Flags outside African Hall in Addis Ababa
SV INT Emperor Haile Selassie and ministers enter hall
SV Delegates stand
SV Selassie walks to his seat
SV Delegates stand (Morocco)
SV Foreign Minister of Morocco (out-going chairman) raising his hand
SV PAn Ghana delegation and other delegates applaud
SV Outgoing chairman makes speech
SV Egyptian delegation PAN TO Equatorial Guinea delegation
CU Ghana delegation
CU Mr. Boutaflika Algerian Foreign Minister speaks
SV Zambian delegate Mr. Reuben Kamanga listening
SCU Ivory Coast delegates
SCU kamanga speaks
SV Delegates from Mali, Guinea, & Nigeria (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Haile Selassie to another speaker addressing meeting
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Background: The 20th ministerial Council of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) opened on Monday (5 February) in Addis Ababa.
Foreign Ministers and other high ranking representatives of the 41 member states attended.
One of the main purposes of the conference was to endorse new strategy against minority white regimes in Africa. In this, the Ministerial Council was following up plans already adopted by the organisation's Liberation Committee in Accra, Ghana, last month.
Another task for the delegates was to draw up a Budget for 1973/74.
The talks were being held in private after the opening ceremonies.
SYNOPSIS: In Ethiopia on Monday, delegates from forty-one countries attended the Ministerial Council of the Organisation of African Unity...opened by Emperor Haile Selassie.
The Council meets every year to debate financial and administrative matters...but important political questions are also considered.
After the formal opening, the Council went into private session. But it's understood one of the first topics that came up was the Budget, which included a special fund for the support of African liberation movements.
Official spokesmen declined to say what sums were involved but conference sources said the O.A.U. wanted contributions from members of four-point-six-million dollars. One-point-four-million of this was to be spent on the liberation movements.
One of the tasks before the O.A.U. Ministers was to endorse a new strategy against minority white regimes in Africa. The plans were laid by the organization's Liberation Committee at a meeting in Accra last month. Those plans did not include the border confrontation between Zambia and Rhodesia but observers were certain the question would be raised as an item of priority before the meeting broke up.