Africa's leaders joined the leaders of other non-aligned nations in Lusake on Monday (September 7) to attend the 60 nation summit meeting.
Africa's leaders joined the leaders of other non-aligned nations in Lusake on Monday (September 7) to attend the 60 nation summit meeting. Southern Africa is one of the major topics under discussion at the conference - the third non-aligned summit meeting.
Among the African leaders arriving for the conference were: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, General Jaafar El-Nimeiry of Sudan, Prime Minister Siaka Stevens of Sierra Leone, President Ngouabi of Congo-Brazzaville and President Milton Obote of Uganda.
The Conference chairman, President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, welcomed each delegation as it arrived. President kaunda opened the conference on Tuesday (September 8) with a call for economic co-operation to consolidate political independence. He also denounced the political, economic and military support given by western nations to South Africa, Portugal and Rhodesia.
The leaders of three southern African freedom movements are also attending the conference as observers. They included Marcelino Dos Santos, Vice-President of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), Mr Sam Nujoma, President of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) and Mr Potlako Leballo, head of the Pan-Africanist Congress.
Emperor Haile Selassie put forward five proposals for action against the white-minority regimes in Africa: a trade embargo, severance of diplomatic relations, refusal; of landing rights and port facilities, generous contributions to Apartheid, and effective support of liberation movements.
President Tito of Yugoslavia, the founding father of the non-aligned movement, has also urged the conference to give support to African Nationalist movements in southern Africa. He said he welcomed the choice of Zambia as host nation, sitting as it does, on the doorstep of colonial oppression.