• Short Summary

    Addis Ababa, capital of the ancient Empire of Ethiopia, is undergoing a big face-lift and clean-up in preparation for next month's 10th anniversary celebrations marking the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

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    Addis Ababa, capital of the ancient Empire of Ethiopia, is undergoing a big face-lift and clean-up in preparation for next month's 10th anniversary celebrations marking the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

    All corrugated iron roofs and fencing - the most popular form of protection - are being painted red, blue or green. Streets are being kept immaculate by an army of yellow uniformed street cleaners.

    More than 30 Heads of the OAU's 41 member states are expected to go to Addis Ababa, and all the member states will be represented by numerous delegates and many will bring large cultural groups with them. Between 200 and 300 journalists are expected to attend the meetings.

    In all, it is estimated that around 1,500 people will flock to the Ethiopian capital.

    Although the OAU's 10th anniversary celebrations are naturally an important feature, the event will also be part of the annual Heads of State Summit Meeting of the organisation. The entire event will run from May 17 to 28.

    This year's Summit is automatically being held in Addis Ababa, since it was there that the OAU was founded in May, 1963. The actual celebrations will be staged on May 24 and 25 following a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Africa Hall beginning on May 17 and continuing until May 21.

    The actual celebrations will include parades, demonstrations, folk singing and dancing by the visiting cultural groups.

    During its first decade the OAU has had to weather many storms, including the Nigerian Civil War, which saw the Organisation badly split with some member states recognising the rebels while others voted in favour of the Federal Government. This grave difference was overcome and, at a dramatic meeting in Addis Ababa, there was a reconciliation of the member states. Much credit for the reconciliation goes to Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie who, according to observers, is very likely to be the OAU's new Chairman.

    SYNOPSIS: Addis Ababa, capital of the ancient Empire of Ethiopia, is undergoing a big face-lift and clean-up in preparation for next month's 10th anniversary celebrations marking the founding of the Organisation of African Unity. In all, it's estimated that around 1,500 visitors will flock to the city.

    Africa Hall, where the OAU meets, will be the centre of activity for the annual Heads of State Summit meeting of the Organisation, which will precede the actual celebrations. The entire event, summit and celebrations, will take place from May 17 to 28. More than 30 Heads of the OAU's 41 member states are expected to attend, and all the member states will be represented by numerous delegates. Preparations for the visitors are going ahead rapidly with work forces in action all over the city.

    This year's summit is automatically being held in Addis Ababa, since it was here that the OAU was founded in May, 1963. Between two-and-three-hundred journalists are expected to attend the meetings. As for the anniversary celebrations, they will be staged on May 24 and 25 following a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Africa Hall.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE97D7DJ3YSIIO00BLE0W6UFX9
    Media URN:
    VLVAE97D7DJ3YSIIO00BLE0W6UFX9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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