The Summit Conference of the Organisation of African Unity opened in Africa Hall, Addis Ababa on Monday (June 21).
The Summit Conference of the Organisation of African Unity opened in Africa Hall, Addis Ababa on Monday (June 21). It will last for four days.
Fifteen agenda items include the question of dialogue with South Africa, an Inter-African convention on the activities of mercenaries, and a discussion on the continued occupation of Egyptian territory by Israel.
Uganda and the Central African Republic were the only two of the OAU's 41 member states who did not attend the opening. Uganda was to have hosted the conference before the overthrow of ex-President Milton Abets earlier this year.
SYNOPSIS: The Organisation of African Unity' Summit Conference opened in Addis Ababa on Monday.
On the agenda for the four day conference are the question of dialogue with South Africa, an inter-African conference on the activities of mercenaries, and Israel's occupation of Egyptian territory. Of the forty one member states. Uganda and the Central African Republic were not present at the opening. Uganda was to have hosted the Summit in Kampala before the overthrow earlier this year of President Milton Obote.
The question of a dialogue with South Africa has to date been the OAU's most sensitive point of discussion. Emperor Haile Selassie in his opening address on Monday, said that he considered it to be self deceiving and a waste of time to advocate any approach to South Africa. In another speech, the Nigerian leader, Major-General Yakubu Gowon, said the time had come to liberate at least one colonial territory within the next three years. And the Sudan President, General Nimeiry, said that the struggle against the imperialists was not yet over.
President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia is the OAU's outgoing Chairman. Emperor Hails Selassie had earlier thanked him for his contribution to their struggle against injustice. He told him he had achieved this in spite of the fact that his own country stood at the gates of those who preached the most inhuman form of racism. The new Chairman for the next year is Mauritania's President Moktar Ould Daddah, elected to office on Monday.