INTRODUCTION: A 24-nation Afro-Arab co-operation committee met in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, on Monday (24 January) to prepare the agenda and papers for an Afro-Arab summit in Cairo, Egypt, next March.
SV PAN INT Zambian Prime Minister Elijah Mudenda at Afro-Arab meeting in Lusaka, Zambia PAN TO meeting chairman Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib al-Shatti.
SVs Delegates from Kuwait, Morocco, Libya and other nations (3 shots)
CU Mudenda addressing meeting (ENGLISH)
CU Organisation of African Unity Secretary General William Etoki M'boumoua (MUTE)
SV Mudenda continues speech and SV Kuwaiti delegates listen (2 shots)
SV Delegates applauding and Mudenda sits down
TRANSCRIPT: ZAMBIAN PRIME MINISTER ELIJAH MUDENDA: "Mr. Moyo died on Saturday, 22 January, 1977 at the hands of agents of the minority racist regime. Mr. Moyo was a great and dedicated freedom fighter who gave his life to the liberation of his motherland. He was one of the most committed sons of Africa who have died for the cause of liberation of their country -- Zimbabwe. Mr. Moyo did not die in vain. He is a hero who died for human dignity and social justice."
ELIJAH MUDENDA: "Zambia has been subjected to pressure since her independence. Despite all the pressures and the threats emanating from these forces, Zambia has remained steadfast in her support for the liberation struggle in Southern Africa. We are determined, Mr. Chairman, to see the struggle to its logical conclusion, namely the independence of the peoples still under oppression, foreign exploitation in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. In this common endeavour I know that both the Arabs and the African world are united."
African countries attending the meeting were: Mali, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania,a Zaire, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Botswana and Burundi. The Arab League was represented by Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Syria, Palestine, Liberation Organisation, Morocco, Libya and Kuwait.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A 24-nation Afro-Arab co-operation committee met in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, on Monday (24 January) to prepare the agenda and papers for an Afro-Arab summit in Cairo, Egypt, next March. After three days of talks the meeting ended on Wednesday (26 January) without agreement on economic co-operation between Arab oil-producing states and African countries.
SYNOPSIS: African states urged Arab oil producers to lend them 2,000 million dollars over a five-year period to prevent their economies from stagnating. But no commitments were made in Lusaka.
The Zambian Prime Minister, Elijah Mudenda, paid a tribute to the memory of Mr. Jason Moyo, a top organiser of the Zimbabwe guerrilla war, killed by a parcel bomb.
He also spoke about Zambia's support for freedom fighters in Southern Africa.
The meeting agreed that the document on economic co-operation in Africa should be presented to a foreign ministers' conference next march.