• Short Summary

    A bitter political attack on Ethiopia by Somalia and Libya marred the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity at Africa Hall, Addis Ababa on Saturday (May 26).

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    A bitter political attack on Ethiopia by Somalia and Libya marred the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity at Africa Hall, Addis Ababa on Saturday (May 26).

    In the morning session Somalia accused Ethiopia of preparing an imminent invasion against her. In the afternoon Libya accused Ethiopia of supporting the minority white regimes in Africa by her support of Israel.

    Both attacks were strongly rebutted by Ethiopia.

    The Somalia attack came in a message from President Siad Barre. The message read by Somalian Vice President Ismail Ali Aboker said the President was unable to attend the celebrations and the summit "due to the very tense and grave situation existing near the de facto border between my country and Ethiopia."
    The message called on the OAU to intervene in the present crisis and force Ethiopia to desist "from her preparations for an aggressive war against Somalia."
    The accusations were made in the presence of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.

    The Ethiopian Prime Minister Akilu Habte-World immediately told the conference that the charge that his country had mobilised her forces was absolutely ???true. Ethiopia has no claims against Somalia and only wanted to live with her in peaceful good-neighbourliness.

    A special conciliation committee was set up and despatched to Mogadishu to persuade President Said to attend the summit.

    On Monday (May 26) President Siad arrived in Addis Ababa and said he had come to pursue his country's campaign for OAU intervention in what he called "a territorial dispute" with Ethiopia.

    The dispute concerns the Southern desert region of Ethiopia where oil is reported to have been discovered.

    Later an Ethiopian official said his Government would not give up an inch of the country.

    The Libyan delegation called for the removal of the OAU headquarters from Addis Ababa and for the severance of diplomatic and other links with Israel by all OAU members.

    Acting Foreign Minister Abu Zeid also accused Ethiopia of hosting United States military bases which were supplying information to South Africa and Rhodesia through NATO.

    Dr. Minasse Haile the Ethiopian Foreign Minister said there were no U.S. military bases in his country only a communications establishment outside Asmara.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7HKCJUXDWGIIVX5LEBP0Y5OT3
    Media URN:
    VLVA7HKCJUXDWGIIVX5LEBP0Y5OT3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:51:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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