The Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.) Summit Conference ended in Addis Ababa on Wednesday (June?
The Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.) Summit Conference ended in Addis Ababa on Wednesday (June 23) with a declaration opposing any dialogue between its member states and South Africa.
The declaration was adopted by a narrow majority of 28 votes to six, with five abstentions. As a matter of substance the vote required a 27 vote, two thirds majority of the Organisation's 41 members, to be adopted. Two countries, The Central African Republic and Uganda, boycotted the conference.
Intense lobbying preceded the vote in which the Ivory Coast, Gabon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi and Mauritania voted against.
Later at a two-hour press conference, the newly-elected chairman of the O.A.U., President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania, told reporters the Organisation had not envisaged the question of any member states defying the ban. But he added that he thought the O.A.U. was a sufficiently realistic organisation "not to be very rigorous towards states."
SYNOPSIS: The Organisation of African Unity Summit Conference held its closing session in Africa Hall in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Wednesday.
The Organisation closed its meeting with a declaration opposing any dialogue between its member states and South Africa
Intense lobbying preceded the vote, which was finally adopted by the narrow margin of 28 votes to six. The margin was narrow because the vote required a two-thirds -- 27 vote -- majority to succeed.
Despite an appeal from Emperor Haile Selassie, not to force a division within the O.A.U., Ivory Coast Foreign Minister, Arsene Aassouan-Usher, insisted on a vote.
The Central African Republic and Uganda, boycotted the Conference.
Ghana, which voted for the declaration, later clarified to the meeting that it had some reservations on certain aspects which, it said, did not close the door to talks.
At a press conference later, the new Chairman of the O.A.U., President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania, said he did not think the Organisation would be very rigorous towards states that defied the declaration.