Ghana's views were voiced at the Algiers conference of non-aligned nations by the Commissioner (Minister) for Foreign Affairs, major Kuame Baah on Friday 8th September.
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A TRANSCRIPT OF MAJOR BAAH'S REMARKS FOLLOWS:
MAJOR KWAME BAAH - FOREIGN MINISTER OF GHANA
"Mr Chairman, while we advocate that the non-aligned nations should concert action in economic fields, It is not that we wish to conative ourselves into a bloc to oppose the developed countries. Whakeves co-operation we envisage in aimed rather at co-operating effectively with this way that we can avoid conflicts based on economic disparities and ensure the peace that we all seek. It is clear, Mr chairman, that if the Third World is to emerge form its economic stagnation, it has to lift itself up by its own bootstraps."
The President Senegal, Leopold Sedar Senghor also addressed the conference on Saturday. He warned other nations at the non-aligned summit not to be "copycats", saying they should not follow blindly what other nations did.
President Senghor said the number one objective of non-alignment "should be that each ethnic???, each nation, thinks by itself and for itself instead of following the culture of the former colonisers." Elaborating on this, he said that "while not repudiating foreign ideologies, it is a good thing for us to rethink them by ourselves and for ourselves". He urged that the conference put particular emphasis on the economy and what he described as the deteriorating terms of trade exchanges.
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Background: Ghana's views were voiced at the Algiers conference of non-aligned nations by the Commissioner (Minister) for Foreign Affairs, major Kuame Baah on Friday 8th September. Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong did not attend the conference.
Major Baah urged the summit to set up an African Liberation fund and warned that time wan not on the side of movements fighting for freedom. "We have no cause yet for satisfaction with regard to the situation in Africa, where blatant racism and colonialism are still unashamedly holding away", he said.
The major went on to condemn Rhodesia for its policies of apartheid and strongly criticised the South African and Portuguese governments for their African policies.
But Major Baah did have some praise for what be called enlightened countries and organisations "even in Europe" who already extended assistance to liberation movements in Africa. He said that the time had come for such assistance to be properly coordinated and administered.
In spite of advocation force as the only way to free the black Africans in Rhodesia, South Africa and Portuguese Africa, Major Baah also advocated co-operation as a way to peace.