• Short Summary

    Ugandan President Idi Amin has proposed that the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) form a military force, similar to the Warsaw Pact and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), to "liberate" African countries under foreign domination.

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    Ugandan President Idi Amin has proposed that the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) form a military force, similar to the Warsaw Pact and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), to "liberate" African countries under foreign domination.

    President Amin told leaders at the OAU's tenth anniversary celebrations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Friday (25 May): "We have enough armed forces in africa to liberate the continent". He proposed that each country should place a battalion, a brigade, or even a company of men, at the OAU's disposal.

    Gen. Amin stressed that if he were to send Ugandan troops to any of the Portuguese territories in Africa, or to South Africa, Rhodesia or South West Africa -- or even to Egypt -- he would have to retain responsibility for them and "pay everything for them."
    The Ugandan leader caused roars of laughter when he said that during the coup of 1971 he had been asked by the army to take over from President Milton Obote. He only agreed after being arrested and held for eight hours.

    President Amin caused further laughter and cheering when he crossed to shake hands with President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, who has refused to recognise the Amin regime and has given shelter to Dr. Obote.

    Friday's speech-making took longer than expected and had to be continued into Saturday. This forced the opening of the OAU's annual summit conference to be postponed until Sunday(27 May).

    A transcript of President Amin's speech follows:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA858QYNLCWJUNUV9K21AAZKOG1
    Media URN:
    VLVA858QYNLCWJUNUV9K21AAZKOG1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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