A committee of the Organisation of African Unity has called on independent African states to provide weapons to the liberation movements in southern Africa.
A committee of the Organisation of African Unity has called on independent African states to provide weapons to the liberation movements in southern Africa. The committee was meeting in Dar Es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital, and made the call on Tuesday (30 May).
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was of the D.A.U.'s Co-Ordinating Committee for the Liberation of Africa. Representatives so southern African liberation movements took part in the talks, together with official delegates from the D.A.U. nations. Members expressed deed concern over what they said were constant attacks by the white governments of South Africa and Rhodesia against the frontline African state. In the light of an existing declaration that an attack on one member nation of the D.A.O. constituted an attack on all, the committee decided that more aid should be given to guerrillas fighting in southern Africa.
The meeting in Dar Es Salaam was chaired by Mr. Toko Mangan of Cameroon. The meeting also condemned the Rhodesian internal settlement, denounced the black members of the interim government as "ex-nationalists" who, it was claimed, were now members of Mr. Smith's white minority regime. Delegates were told that the three black members of the interim government should no longer be referred to as nationalists, but as traitors. Delegates also appealed to the Zimbabwe Patriotic Front to consolidate their joint activities, in order to improve the effectiveness of their operations.