INTRODUCTION: The Afro-Arab Conference met in Lisbon, Portugal on Friday (23 October) to prepare for the main meeting in the Angolan capital of Luanda early in December.
SV Poster PAN DOWN TO Arabic writing - pro-Palestinian.
SV OF Omar al-Hamidi
GV ZOOM INTO CU OF SWAPO rep. Kapva Nayala speaking in English.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Afro-Arab Conference met in Lisbon, Portugal on Friday (23 October) to prepare for the main meeting in the Angolan capital of Luanda early in December. The conference plans to discuss the political future of the Palestinian people and is certain to strongly criticise the continued occupation of Namibia by South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: This poster, calling for an independent Palestinian state, symbolises the political ideals of the Afro-Arab delegates. And set the scene of the conference.
The President of the International Secretariat of Solidarity with Arab People, Omar Al-Hamidi, told the meeting that December's conference in Angola will develop and strengthen relations between the Arab and African nations. The preparatory meeting in Lisbon was held to organise an agenda and make final arrangements for the main summit.
Omar al-Hamidi said Arabs and Africans faced a common threat from imperialism, zionism and racism. The forces of imperialism, he claimed, were intensifying their policy of destabilisation and aggression against the African and Arab nations.
Later, the meeting was addressed by Kapva Nayala, the representative of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO). It is SWAPO forces which are fighting the guerrilla war to end South African control of Namibia. It appears now, however, that the guerrillas forces have agreed to accept the five nation plan put forward by western countries to secure independence for Namibia. The five power, Britain, France, the United States, West Germany and Canada, want to see total South African withdrawal from Namibia by next year. The four day Angolan summit will be held between the 6th and 9th of December.