Delegates from 25 countries gathered in Kumasi, Ghana, for the opening of the second Commonwealth Students Conference last week.
SV INT. Mr. Annan speaking
CU Mr. Kludze, President of Commonwealth Students
CU Mr. Otumfue Opoku Ware II, the Asanthehene.
CU Dr. Anfom
CU Annan speaking
SV and CU Delegates
CU Annan (2 shots)
CU Ghanaian delegate
GV Delegates applaud (2 shots)
CU UK Delegate
CU Gambian delegate
CU Kenyan delegate
CU Nigerian delegate
CU Papua and New Guinea delegate
GV Annan speaking
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Background: Delegates from 25 countries gathered in Kumasi, Ghana, for the opening of the second Commonwealth Students Conference last week. Those attending represented more than 2 million student union members throughout the Commonwealth. Ahead of them was a six-day programme debating higher education, racism and political action by students.
Ghana's Chief Executive of thee Ashanti Region, Mr. Henry Annan, read out the opening address by Prime Minister Kofi Busia. In it, Dr. Busia appealed for richer nations in the Commonwealth to help develop poorer states, thus creating a greater sense of unity.
But a cause of disunity at the conference was the question of South Africa. The day after the conference opened, the representative of South Africa's all-white student union was expelled. It was felt his presence would be dangerous to the conference in view of South Africa's racial policy.
A communique issued at the end of the conference said that a dialogue with South Africa would serve no useful purpose. It also called on Britain to abandon the hope of further negotiations with Rhodesia, and to use, force to end the "illegal regime" there and establish majority rule.