Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia opened in the Ethiopian Parliament building, Addis Ababa, June 14, the second conference of independent African States.
LV Exterior Ethiopian Parliament building
SV Rolls-Royce with Emperor Haile Selassie arrives
SCU Emperor greeted
GV Interior delegates seated
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SV Delegates leave
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Background: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia opened in the Ethiopian Parliament building, Addis Ababa, June 14, the second conference of independent African States. One of the biggest Pan-African assembles on record, the 11-day conference brings together eleven fully independent states: Ghana, with the biggest delegation; Liberia; Ethiopia; Guinea; Tunisia; Libya; UAR; Cameroons; Morocco; Togoland and Sudan - all represented by their Foreign Ministers.
African countries still unindependent but with fixed dates for independence - Nigeria, Somalia, and the Congo - were participating fully but without voting rights. The "Algerian Provisional Government" though not invited officially sent observers. Also invited was French Ambassador Baron Begougne de Juniac who arrived with other diplomats for the opening at the moment when the "Free Algeria" flag was inexplicably hoisted. The Ambassador refused to attend the opening. Next day the Emperor called a special cabinet session to inquire into the incident.
Other observers were from Madagascar and the Mali Federation.
The Emperor drove in a green Rolls-Royce from his palace to the Parliament. In his opening speech he called for economic cooperation among African States and suggested setting up an African development bank to assist trade between African States. The question left open, observers said, was who would provide the money.
The Emperor also warned against the threat from "new forms of colonialism" to African independence - a warning interpreted by observers to be a reference to the strong Russian influence in Africa.
Among messages of congratulations: one from Mr. Khrushchev who spoke of the Soviet Union as the Africans truest friend and most disinterested ally. Coinciding with the conference: the first Russian trade fair in Addis Ababa.