The Ministerial Council of the Organisation for African Unity, which has been meeting in Lagos to discuss last month's invasion of Guineas, was yesterday (Saturday, 11 December) thanked for its deliberations by the representative of Guinea, Mr Ismail Toure.
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MR TOURE: "Mr President, my delegation was rightly proud to note, ion the part of all the African delegations who are here, the same constant car for mutual understanding and the same constant will to find convergent solutions to the opinions expressed. As delegate of the people of Guinea, victim of the aggression, I can only rejoice at the significant fact that 41 independent African States meant to show, through the composition and quality of their delegations, the exceptional importance which Africa sees in the perfidious Portuguese aggression against the African territory of Guinea. This was reflected in the high level of the debate and in the dynamic contents of the resolutions that were unanimously adopted. The meeting in Lagos marks a decisive turning point in the life of the Organisation for African Unity. The special Lagos conference proves unequivocally that the unity of the African peoples is a living and historical reality."
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Background: The Ministerial Council of the Organisation for African Unity, which has been meeting in Lagos to discuss last month's invasion of Guineas, was yesterday (Saturday, 11 December) thanked for its deliberations by the representative of Guinea, Mr Ismail Toure.
Mr Toure's speech came at the end of a session which aud called for full reparation by Portugal to Guinea for damage and casualties suffered in the November 22 invasion. (Portugal has denied African charges that she launched and supported the seaborne attack but the allegations have been supported by a United Nations mission).
The O.A.U. meeting pledged increased aid to anti-Portuguese guerrilla groups and called for special measures to unmask armed mercenaries in Africa. It also condemned the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, claiming it had assisted Portugal to attack African States.
Mr Ismail Toure told the meeting that its dynamic resolutions were a turning point in the life of the O.A.U.