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    Colonel I. K. Acheampong, the Ghanaian Head of State, cautioned his fellow black Africans on?

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    GV Delegates leaving bus and entering State House in Accra (2 shots)

    SV INTERIOR Col. Acheampong entering hall and taking seat to applause

    SV Delegates seated

    SCU Acheampong speaking; delegates listening (Applause)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: ACHEAMPONG: "Ian Smith's borders have become less secure while Zimbabwe Nationalists have gained strength by successfully forging a unity that has so far eluded them.

    "But this is only part of the story, and we should be deluding ourselves if we believe for one moment that Ian Smith and his henchmen are about to give way in the face of the difficulties confronting them. As I speak, progress towards a constitutional conference has been stalled by all sorts of perfidious manoeuvres by Ian Smith's regime, while the re-arrest and detention of Brother Sithole has seriously undermined any progress towards & peaceful settlement. Let me say without hesitation that we condemn the arrest of Brother Sithole and see in it nothing more than an attempt to gain time for the politically bankrupt Ian Smith. If it is his own skin he is trying to save, the best way to do it is to concede immediate majority rule to the people of Zimbabwe and to crawl on the knees for forgiveness. I am sure he will be forgiven for we in Africa are very forgiving indeed.

    "Over in South Africa on Azania, white power continues to entrench itself, intensifying its exploitive land and labour systems and working hard to expand its political influence and credibility. The danger of our times is that every effort is now being made to mask this objective and the patent bestiality of the Apartheid system to lure us into believing that changes are taking place in Southern Africa which will create conditions for the black man to realise his full potential. Prime Minister Vorster, the architect of this odious deception, has now turned himself into an apostle of goodwill towards all black people except those he is kicking around in South Africa, peddling a strange concoction of detente with black states, independence for Bantustan homelands and a new song and dance for his puppet Ian Smith. I thin the time has come to sound a warning note against this danger and to draw attention tot he risks it poses. Unless African exercise extreme care, the enemy will drive a wedge between our ranks, create confusion in the minds of our friends and finally between our ranks, create confusion in the minds of our friends and finally break the tide of our independence movement and dissipate our joint efforts.

    Initials CL/1649 CL/1642

    EDITORS NOTE: This film contains a lengthy extract, in English, from Colonel Acheampong's speech.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Colonel I. K. Acheampong, the Ghanaian Head of State, cautioned his fellow black Africans on Tuesday (18 March) concerning the motives and policies of Rhodesia and South Africa. He was addressing the opening of the three-day first session of the General Council of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (O.A.T.U.U.)
    The Ghanaian leader also dedicated the new O.A.T.U.u. headquarters building in Accra "in the name of the workers of Africa...to the promotion of true trade unionism".

    In his keynote speech to the delegates, Colonel Acheampong spoke of "perfidious manoeuvres" by the Government of Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith to block progress toward a constitutional conference. He said also that South Africa's Prime Minister John Vorster, while posing as an apostle of goodwill toward all black people, was still "kicking around" those in his own country.

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