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.
GV Street scene Monrovia and sign of 'Welcome to Patriots' (2 shots)
OAU Secretary-General Edem Kodjo speaking to delegates
SV's Delegates listening from Egypt, Uganda, Algeria, Libya, Liberia Senegal, Sao Tome & Principle, Ghana (8 shots)
SV Secretary-General speaking
GV Delegates applauding
OAU Secretary-General Eden Kojoe delivering his Annual Report to the Ministerial Conference, (2) shots.
Cutaways to Egyptian Foreign Minister; Libyan Foreign Minister; Algerian Foreign Minister; Ghana Permanent Secretary to the Foreign Ministry; Liberian delegation headed by Postal & Telecommunication Minister Dr.Edward B. Kessely pan to the Liberian Envoy to Ethiopia Nathanial Eastman.
Cutaways to other seated onlooking Foreign Ministers.
Applause from seated delegation from the Congo.
View of the Chad seat vacant.
Remarks by Liberia Foreign Minister C.Cecil Dennis, Current Chairman of the Ministerial Conference speaking on behalf of the delegation in a word of thanks to the OAU Secretary-General's report.
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Background: 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.