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    The meeting of the Afro-Asian Writer's Bureau opened in Peking on the afternoon of June 9th.

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    Background: The meeting of the Afro-Asian Writer's Bureau opened in Peking on the afternoon of June 9th. Its agenda included discussion of preparations for the Afro-Asian Writer's Emergency Meeting which has been scheduled to open in Peking on June 27th.

    Representatives of Cameroon, Ceylon, China, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan and the Sudan -- member countries of the Bureau -- attended the session. D. Manuweera of Ceylon, representing R.D. Senanayake, Secretary-General of the Afro-Asian Writer's Bureau, Presided over the session. He pointed out that an Afro-Asian Writers' Emergency Meeting was being convened to discuss support by Asian and African writers for the Vietnamese people's struggle against U.S. imperialist aggression. The struggle of the Vietnamese people had proved, he said, that no force on earth could conquer a people fighting for independence and freedom. This struggle had also exposed as sham revolutionaries and traitors to the revolutionary people those who not only did not really support but actually sabotaged the struggle of the Vietnamese people, he said.

    Yang Shuo, representing China, gave an account of the preparations made by China, the host country, for the Afro-Asian Writers' Emergency Meeting.

    The representative of the Sudan, Osman Hassan Ahmed, also addressed the meeting.

    In the course of the discussions, the representatives of the various countries unanimously endorsed the already agreed proposal for the convening of the Afro-Asian Writers' Emergency Meeting in Peking at the time scheduled. They expressed satisfaction with the preparatory work and wish the meeting a great success.

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