Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia opened the 17th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. (15 June).
MS Selassie enters conference room, walks to dais
SV Delegates PAN FROM Senegal, Sierre Leone, Somalia, Sudan & Swaziland.
CU Nigerian delegates
MCU Selassie speaking
SV D legates listen
CU PAN Empty seats of Uganda
CU Ivory Coast delegate
MCU Tanzanian delegate
CU Zambian delegate
CU Upper Volta delegate
MS Oferi speaking
CU Kenya delegate
MCU Ethiopian delegates
MS Chad delegates
MS Madagascar delegates
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Background: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia opened the 17th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. (15 June).
In his address to the 23 Foreign Ministers attending this session, the Emperor emphasised the need for Africans to live in harmony, settling differences of opinion through the frank exchange of ideas, mutual understanding, and co-operation within the OAU.
Later in the day, however, and in the presence of Emperor Haile Selassie, a heated argument arose over the delicate question of dialogue with South Africa. Congo-Brazzaville Foreign Minister Mr. Oxence Ikonga, in a speech expressing thanks to the Emperor for opening the session rejected any possibility of a dialogue with "colonialism". At this, Mr. Usher Assouan, the Ivory Coast representative, banged his desk and demanded the floor. His remarks were drowned by loud boos from the rest of the delegates, and he later apologised for the incident to Emperor Haile Selassie. But he maintained that the Congolese Minister had not spoken in the spirit of the Emperor's opening remarks on "mutual understanding and cooperation."