Much of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Khartoum centred on threats to African unity posed by non-African military intervention.
Much of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Khartoum centred on threats to African unity posed by non-African military intervention. On Thursday (20 July), Uganda's President Idi Amin praised Moroccan King Hassan for assisting President Mobutu Sese Seko following the recent rebel invasion of Shaba province. However, he expressed his concern at the use of European forces in parts of the continent.
SYNOPSIS: President Amin addressed the OAU's 15th Summit in Khartoum's Friendship Hall.
Several states challenged the partition of former Spanish Sahara by Morocco and Mauritania. But, Moroccan Prime Minister Ahmed Osman replied saying that when Spain colonised the area there were legal ties between the King of Morocco and tribes living in the now-disputed desert region.
President Agostinho Neto of Angola had suggested that the Heads of state should have a special debate on the issue, but Liberia's President William Tolbert, who was chairing the session, said the conflict between Morocco, Mauritania and the Polisario Front should be dealt with in the normal conference agenda. The Moroccan leader also defended Mauritania's position and maintained there were longstanding land rights constituting legal ties between Mauritania and the western Sahara. But, Mauritania's new ruler, Lieutenant-Colonel Moustapha Ould Salek recently said he will do all he can to end the war with the Polisario forces.