Writers from more than 50 countries in Africa and Asia have been attending an international conference in the Soviet city of Tashkent.
Writers from more than 50 countries in Africa and Asia have been attending an international conference in the Soviet city of Tashkent. Earlier conferences have been held in Cairo, Beirut, Delhi and Alma Mater.
SYNOPSIS: Members of the Afro-Asian Writers' association met in Alisher Navoi Opera House in Tashkent -- where the first writers' conference was held in 1958. This, the twentieth annual conference, was attended by more than 50 authors from the two continents.
On hand to greet the winters outside the opera house were well-known Soviet dancers and singers. Delegates also held meetings with creative workers in the Soviet province of Uzbekistan during the five-day gathering, which ended on Sunday (15 October). The Association was founded to stimulate international co-operation and peace. Member writers are committed to fight racial and social oppression, as well as imperialism and neo-colonialism.
Among the delegates was well-known South African writer Alex La Guma. After being placed under house arrest and detained in solitary confinement, Mr. La Guma left South Africa and now lives in exile in London.
Other delegates included the Vice Secretary-General of the Union of Writers of Vietnam, Tho Hoai, and a board member of the Union of Palestinian Writers and Journalists, Mahmud Darvish.
Addressing delegates here is Sharaf Rashidov, a Soviet author who is a member of the Politburo and First Secretary of the Uzbekistan Communist Party.