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    KINGS, HEADS OF STATE, AND POLITICAL LEADERS FROM MORE THAN 30 AFRICAN COUNTRIES ARE GATHERED IN CAIRO FOR THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL MINISTERS OF THE AFRICAN UNITY ORGANISATION (O.

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    KINGS, HEADS OF STATE, AND POLITICAL LEADERS FROM MORE THAN 30 AFRICAN COUNTRIES ARE GATHERED IN CAIRO FOR THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL MINISTERS OF THE AFRICAN UNITY ORGANISATION (O.A.U.)
    OPENING THE CONFERENCE OF THE 34-NATION ORGANISATION, PRESIDENT NASSER TOLD THE MINISTERS THEY MUST "MAKE UP FOR THE PAST" AND "CATCH UP WITH PROGRESS."
    PRESIDENT NASSER SAID THE AFRICAN STATES COULD EXERT MORE PRESSURE ON THE "REMAINDERS OF IMPERIALISM" IN SUCH PLACES AS SOUTH AFRICAN AND SOUTHERN RHODESIA.

    HE PRAISED THE RECENTLY ENACTED UNITED STATES CIVIL RIGHTS BILL AS A GOOD START.

    WELCOMING THE NEWLY INDEPENDENT STATES TO THE CONFERENCE PRESIDENT NASSER SAID IT GAVE HIM PLEASURE TO MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME MR. JOMO KENYATTA OF KENYA, DR. HASTINGS BANDA OF MALAWI (THE FORMER NYASALAND), DR. JULIUS NYERERE, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANGANYIKA AND ZANZIBAR, AND MR. KENNETH KAUNDA, PRIME MINISTER OF NORTHERN RHODESIA, SHORTLY TO BECOME INDEPENDENT ZAMBIA.

    HE ALSO SAID: "WE EXTEND OUR HAND TO HOLDEN ROBERTO WHO IS LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF ANGOLA."
    AMONG MANY OBSERVERS AT THE CONFERENCE IS U THANT, THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATION. U THANT TOLD THE CONFERENCE THAT THE COLONIAL POWERS AND REMAINING DEFENDERS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION WERE INCREASINGLY ISOLATED IN THE WORLD.

    "THIS ISOLATION OF THE COLONIALISTS HAS ITSELF CONTRIBUTED TO THE FULFILLMENT OF THE DESIRE OF AFRICAN STATES TO KEEP THE COLONIAL AND RACIAL PROBLEMS OUT OF THE COLD WAR," HE SAID, AND WENT ON: "WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT GOOD SENSE AND REALISM PREVAIL SO THAT RESISTANCE TO CHANGE BY A FEW DIEHARDS WILL NOT LEAD TO DANGEROUS CONFLICT ON THIS (AFRICAN) CONTINENT."
    OF THE O.A.U. MEMBERS, THE ONLY ABSENTEE WAS THE CONGO (LEOPOLDVILLE). THE DECISION TO WITHDRAW WAS TAKEN AFTER STRONG CRITICISM OF M. MOISE TSHOMBE, THE NEWLY APPOINTED CONGO PRIME MINISTER AND FORMER KATANGA SECESSIONIST LEADER.

    THE CURRENT SUMMIT CONFERENCE IS THE FIRST SINCE THE SETTING UP OF THE O.A.U. AND ADDIS ABABA IN MAY LAST YEAR. THE CONFERENCE, HELD IN AN IMPOSING HALL IN THE ARAB LEAGUE HEADQUARTERS BUILDINGS, LASTS UNTIL TUESDAY DURING WHICH THE DELEGATES FACE A VERY HEAVY AGENDA COVERING MAINLY AFRICAN PROBLEMS. AMONG OTHER THINGS THIS INCLUDES DECOLONISATION, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, AFRICAN UNITY, BORDER PROBLEMS, THE SELECTION OF A PERMANENT HEADQUARTERS FOR THE O.A.U. SECRETARIAT, AND THE CHOICE OF A SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR THE ORGANISATION.

    SYNOPSIS: GHANA'S PRESIDENT NKRUMAH WILL PUT BEFORE THE CONFERENCE PLANS FOR AN AFRICAN UNION GOVERNMENT. SOME COUNTRIES ARE KNOWN TO BELIEVE THAT THE TIME HAS NOT YET COME FOR AN AFRICAN GOVERNMENT...PRESIDENT WILLIAM TUBMAN OF LIBERIA REPRESENTS BLACK AFRICA'S LONGEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY.

    NIGERIA'S PRIME MINISTER, SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA, IS ONE MAN WHO THINK IT IS TOO PREMATURE TO TALK OF A UNITED AFRICA. AMONG OTHER THINGS THE CONFERENCE WILL DISCUSS ARE DECOLONISATION, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, BORDER PROBLEMS, AND THE SELECTION OF A PERMANENT HEADQUARTERS FOR THE O.A.U. SECRETARIAT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE8T0YWULD0H12QP6JIWH3KAJC
    Media URN:
    VLVAE8T0YWULD0H12QP6JIWH3KAJC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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