The chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, President Omar Bongo of Gabon, said in Paris on Thursday (28 July) that he had sent a mission to help settle the conflict between Egypt and the Libyan Jamahiriyah.
MV President Valery Giscard D'Estaing bidding farewell to President Omar Bongo of Gabon on steps of Elysee Palace, Paris.
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MV President Bongo answering questions from newsmen.
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Background: The chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, President Omar Bongo of Gabon, said in Paris on Thursday (28 July) that he had sent a mission to help settle the conflict between Egypt and the Libyan Jamahiriyah. He gave no other details, but added that he deplored the use of African armies to make war on one another.
SYNOPSIS: He was speaking after talks with French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing at the Elysee Palace. However the main purpose of his trip was to do with the Comoro archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
He talked to reporters about it after leaving the Elysee. The Comoro islands are a former French overseas territory which has been divided over independence. One of the four islands, Mayotte, voted over-whelmingly last year for continuing links with France, shortly after the independence of the other three islands had been formally recognised. President Bongo's purpose in Paris was to urge France to help Mayotte become re-integrated with the other Comoro islands. He said that President Giscard had noted what he had to say and would consider the points he had raised.
President Bongo said he had also discussed various areas of conflict in Africa, notably the recent border clashes between Egypt and the Libyan Jamahiriyah, and also the dispute between Somalia and Ethiopia. He said that while President Giscard took the view that African problems should be solved by Africans themselves, he nevertheless seemed very worried that Africa could not find a path to unity.
President Bongo went on to deplore the use of African armies against each other, instead of defending their territorial integrity and freeing the continent from foreign interference.