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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"I will speak with very strong words, especially on Africa, as these are revolutionary words which everybody must take this point very carefully. And I am speaking from the bottom of my heart, not (indistinct) speech. Now I thank you and I would like to speak briefly because I know that we will speak in detail with the heads of state and also of government when we sit completely ourselves in detailed discussion about the liberation of Africa, economy and also communications. But now, briefly, about the liberation of Africa. I would like to say that if Africa, Asia, blindly was recruited, even kidnapped, by the damn imperialists fighting in Asia, in Europe for King George the Sixth, for Her Majesty the Queen, America fighting in Vietnam, why can't Africa stop all what we are discussing here and form an alliance also, like NATO and Warsaw Pact."
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Background: 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: