Eight delegation leaders at the annual summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) walked out on Wednesday (18 July) when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat rose to defend his country's peace treaty with Israel.
Eight delegation leaders at the annual summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) walked out on Wednesday (18 July) when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat rose to defend his country's peace treaty with Israel. President Chadli of Algeria lead the exodus followed by delegates form the Libyan Jamahiriyah, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Dibibouti, Benin and Madagascar. The walk out presents more problems for a conference which also considering the Tanzanian-backed invasion of Uganda, the conflict in western Sahara and recognition of the new government in Zimbabwe Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: Most delegates arrived in the Liberian capital of Monrovia on Monday ( 16 July). Cameroon President Ahmadou Ahidjo's country has a common border with another former French colony, Chad. The civil war which broke out there in February will be high on the OAU agenda.
Dancing and music added to the colourful welcoming ceremony as Liberian President William Tolbert accompanied President Ahidjo across the tarmac.
The OAU arrivals transformed the normally quiet Roberts Field Airport. President Toure of guinea is one of twenty-five heads of state among delegates from forty-nine members attending the Monrovia summit.
Gabonese President Albert-Bernard Bongo is another head of state making a personal appearance. As host of the summit President Tolbert becomes the new OAU Chairman. For the first time in the Organisation's sixteen-year history Tolbert has called for a pan-African force to ensure the territorial integrity of member states. President Tolbert also supports the guerrilla organisations fighting in Southern Africa including those in Zimbabwe Rhodesia
Tanzania's invasion of Uganda earlier this year has undetermined the authority of the OAU. Many members believe it sets a precedent and that the OAU should try to prevent similar action being taken by member states.
The Nigerian head of state Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo is one leader who has been especially harsh in his criticism of Tanzania. He says the invasion was ill-advised and has unimaginable consequences.
Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat arrived in Monrovia amid heavy security. His plane was full of well-armed guards, and fighter aircraft escorted him to Liberia. President Sadat told newsmen at the airport that he was still confident about getting African support for his Middle East peace efforts. He said the treaty with Israel was merely a framework for a full and lasting peace.