The Vice-President of Tanzania, Rashid Kawkawa, arrived in Addis Ababa on Saturday (19 June) for the summit meeting of the OAU (Organisation for African Unity).
The Vice-President of Tanzania, Rashid Kawkawa, arrived in Addis Ababa on Saturday (19 June) for the summit meeting of the OAU (Organisation for African Unity). He was greeted by Emperor Haile Selassie and was given full military honours. The same welcome awaited the Sudanese Head of State, Major-General Nimeiry and the vice-President of Sierra Leone, Sori koroma, when they arrived the next day.
Emperor Haile Selassie said in the opening session of the four-day summit that it would be self-deceiving and a waste of time to advocate dialogue with South Africa. The question of "peaceful dialogue" with South Africa proposed by President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast last April is expected to dominate the conference.
Another subject expected to lead to disagreement is the vexed question of who should represent Uganda, the government of General Amin or the deposed Dr Obote. Uganda is to attending the conference because of the change of the summit venue to Addis Ababa from Kampala, capital of Uganda.
SYNOPSIS: The Heads of State or their deputies from 41 African nations have arrived in Addis Ababa for the summit conference of the Organisation for African Unity. To meet them all was the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie.
On Saturday the vice-President of Tanzania, Rashid Kawkawa was among the arrivals to receive a warm welcome. This year's summit stands in the shadow of one of the most disruptive issues in black African politics - the question of how to deal with South Africa. In April, the President of the Ivory Coast, Houphouet-Boigny, proposed a "peaceful dialogue" with South Africa - to the fury of most other black African states.
The next day, Sunday, the President of Sudan, Major-General Jaafar El-Nimeiry, arrived to a welcome from the Ethiopian Emperor.
Major-General Nimeiry also received a full military welcome, and a warm welcome also from a small child bearing a bouquet of flowers.
On the agenda of the summit is a declaration that there is no basis for a meaningful dialogue with South Africa....but seven nations think there is, and will defend their position. The vice President of Sierra Leone also arrived on Sunday.
At the opening session, Haile Selassie made his position on dialogue with South Africa clear - he called it a waste of time.