President Gregoire Kayibanda of Rwanda arrived in Kinshasa on Friday for the opening of the meeting of the Organisation of African Unity on Monday.
President Gregoire Kayibanda of Rwanda arrived in Kinshasa on Friday for the opening of the meeting of the Organisation of African Unity on Monday. Also arriving was a representative from Burundi, standing in for the country's President.
President Joseph Mobutu, who was at the airport in Kinshasa to meet yesterday's arrivals, issued a message to the delegates today. He called on all African nations to forget their quarrels with each other and concentrate instead on co-operation.
In his message, the Congolese President said: "If we want our continent to get back into the mainstream of history after years of humiliation, let us make the necessary efforts ourselves to forget what divides us and think only of what can bring us closer together."
The President's theme of constructive co-operation was the principal characteristic of the meeting of the Ministerial Council earlier this week. This was called to devise an agenda for the heads of state and their representatives who open the meeting of OAU on Monday.
Controversial questions such as the Nigerian civil war, the Guines-Ivory Coast dispute and the Middle East crisis have been avoided by common consent.
More heads of state or their representatives were due to arrive in Kinshasa this weekend, although it is still not clear just now many Presidents will be in the specially-constructed conference centre when the meeting opens. However, all but one - Malawi - of Africa's 38 independent states will be represented.
In addition, United Nations Secretary-General U Thant will attend the meeting.