INTRODUCTION: Foreign Ministers from 51 independent African countries gathered in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday (15 June), for the annual meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
GV PAN DOWN Conference centre Nairobi. Dancers in traditional dress.
SV Dancers outside conference centre. (2 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Conference centre with meeting in progress.
SV Nigerian delegation seated.
GV PAN Conference hall.
SV Kenyan President Moi speaking.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
MOI: (SEQ. 6) "Zimbabwe is now free. And we are extremely happy to have in our midst today delegates from that autonomous state. Such an historic victory against forces of oppression and exploitation may be regarded as another substantial milestone in our long struggle towards the total independence of Africa. But sadly some countries and communities in Africa are still denied the elementary human right of self-determination.
...It is therefore a common duty for all of us to proceed with even greater efforts and resolve until Namibia is free, and South Africa itself is rid of the inhuman system of apartheid. The racist regime in South Africa which is the primary obstacle in both these countries should surely realise now that it is fighting a losing battle."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Foreign Ministers from 51 independent African countries gathered in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday (15 June), for the annual meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The aim of the meeting is to draw up an agenda to be put before the summit conference of heads of state that opens on June 24.
SYNOPSIS: The OAU was set up in 1963 to promote unity and solidarity, to win a better life for Africans, to defend the independence of African states, and eradicate all forms of colonialism. With a number of solid achievements to its credit, the organisation has nevertheless been accused of failing to address some of the most difficult African issues. Critics say the OAU spends too much time censuring foreign powers and South African, but rarely allows open criticism of member countries.
In his opening speech to delegates, Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi said Africa must make greater efforts to solve its own conflicts. And he urged members to increase support for guerrillas fighting South African rule over Namibia (Support West Africa).