The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Edem Kodjo of Togo opened a conference of African Foreign Ministers on Monday (9th July) with a call for a Pan African peace-keeping force.
The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Edem Kodjo of Togo opened a conference of African Foreign Ministers on Monday (9th July) with a call for a Pan African peace-keeping force. Referring to the trouble spots of Africa; Chad, the Western Sahara, southern Africa and Uganda, Mr Kodjo said that the OAU needed a version of the United Nations peace-keeping forces, capable of intervening in difficult situations.
SYNOPSIS: The African Foreign Ministers were meeting in Monrovia, Liberia which will be the scene of an OAU summit of Heads of State next week (17th July).
As Secretary-General of the OAU, edem Kodjo presented his report to his fellow Foreign Ministers. As well as African problems the conference is discussing the Middle East and its significant that an Egyptian has been elected to represent Africa on the U.N. third Commission of Economic and Social Affairs. The OAU is not expected to take a hard line against Egypt over its peace treaty with Israel. The Foreign Minister's conference was dominated at its opening by the internal problems of Chad where thousands have died in religious and tribal fighting this year. The conference could not decide to admit a delegation from Chad. In his address Mr Kodjo singled out the overthrow of Uganda's President Idi Amin by Tanzanian backed forces as a major challenge to the OAU. The Ugandan war he said had involved a number of cardinal OAU principles, such as the inviolability of border inherited from the colonial era and non-interference in the internal affairs of member states.