Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) condemned South Africa during the opening session of their annual conference on Thursday (24 June) in Mauritius for its racial violence.
Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) condemned South Africa during the opening session of their annual conference on Thursday (24 June) in Mauritius for its racial violence. France was also attacked for selling nuclear reactors to South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The ministers from the 47 OAU nations met in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis and the session was opened by Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius. The ministers' main task will be to work out an agenda for a meeting of OAU Heads of State, due to take place between July the second and fifth. The ministers are expected to endorse the general feeling in black Africa that war with Rhodesia is now the only solution. They are also expected to draft a resolution attacking South Africa, one of the main points in Sir Seewoosagur's opening address.
The Prime Minister told delegates that those who died in recent rioting in black South African townships were the innocent victims of racialism. Sierra Leone's Foreign Minister, Francis Mischek Minah, agreed and called for help for liberation movements in southern Africa. Mr. Maghoub Makawi, Sudan's Foreign Minister, laid stress on the need for what he called 'the liberation of countries throughout Africa'. Later, delegates attacked France for its policy of foreign arms sales and the outgoing Chairman called on France to reconsider its decision to sell two nuclear reactors to South Africa.