On the second day of the Summit meeting of the Organisation of African Unity September 2nd, one of the principal speakers at the open session was Dr.
On the second day of the Summit meeting of the Organisation of African Unity September 2nd, one of the principal speakers at the open session was Dr. Kofi Busia, the Prime Minister of Ghana.
Dr. Busia told the meeting that the return to civilian government in Ghana had been peacefully complete. At home, Ghana was trying to build a welfare state in which, as far as human and material resources allowed, every citizen could live a life of dignity in freedom.
Dr. Busia said Ghana was trying to live in peace with all countries, co-operate with all, and establish friendly relations with all. She was not tied to the apron strings of the East or the West. Ghana wanted closer relations first of all with her neighbours, those with whom she shared a common boundary. She was proud to belong to the Organisation of African Unity.
"We belong to a race" Dr. Busia said, "that through generations has perhaps not even been treated as human, but we believe we can express our equality to other races. We believe that the O.A.U., through interchange and co-operation can demonstrate that."
Another speaker to address the meeting was Mr. Marcelino Dos Santos, Vice-President of Frelimo (the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique). He was the first African Nationalist leader to address an O.A.U. summit, and he called for increased aid from the organisation to African Liberation movements in Southern Africa.
The conference also decided to send a mission of foreign ministers to countries selling, or intending to sell arms to South Africa, in an attempt to persuade them not to do so. This had been recommended by last week's ministerial meeting, and the recommendation named France, West Germany and Britain as the suppliers. President Kaunda of Zambia, as Chairman of the current meeting, is to choose the foreign ministers who will make up the mission.