INTRODUCTION: An Organisation of African Unity Conference has been trying to heal the divisions among political rivals in the French African Territory of the Afars and Issas.
INTRODUCTION: An Organisation of African Unity Conference has been trying to heal the divisions among political rivals in the French African Territory of the Afars and Issas. The Territory is due to become independent in June this year, and leaders of its five independence movements have been urged to unite to prevent internal conflicts which could spill over its borders.
SYNOPSIS: Representatives of all the political factions in the Red Sea Territory have been meeting under the auspice of the OAU in Accra, Ghana, to try and settle their differences. Ghana's Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Colonel Roger Feli, told the opening session of the four-day conference that its aim was to find satisfactory and lasting solutions to some of the difficult problems likely to arise from the process of decolonisation in the Territory. He also warned of a possible "super-power" confrontation in area.
Groups attending the Accra conference included the Popular African League for Independence, which draws its main support form the Issa tribe; the Afar-dominated National Union for Independence; and the left-wing Afar People's Liberation Movement. Ahmed Youssouf, Secretary-General of the National Union for Independence, and Abdallah Kamil, the Territory's Prime Minister, talked about some of their problems - and hopes.