INTRODUCTION: African leaders meeting in Kenya have shown solidarity at their annual summit, over the issue of Namibia's independence.
GV Flags at nairobi airport.
GV Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, waiting at red carpet.
GV Gambian President Dwada Kairaba Jaware descends aircraft steps and greeted by Moi.
GV Presidents walking past tribal dancers. (2 SHOTS)
GV. U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim descending from plane and greeted by Vice President Mwai Kibaki.
SV & GV Waldheim and Kibaki walking past dancers. (2 SHOTS)
SV Sierra Leone President Siaka Stevens descending from plane met by Moi.
SV & GV Stevens reviews guard of honour. (2 SHOTS)
SV Rwanda President Juvenal Habyarimana descends from plane and met by Moi, walking across tarmac. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Plane taxiing.
GV Central African Republic President David Dacko greeted by Moi.
SV & GV Sudanese President Jaafar Mohamed Nimeiri reviewing guard of honour.
SV Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre walking with Moi.
SV Presidents Ahmadou Ahidjo of Cameroun, Abdou Diouf of Senegal and Jaoa Bernardo Viera of Guinea-Bissau descend from plane together and greeted separately by Moi. (2 SHOTS)
GV Liberian President Samuel Doe being greeted by Moi.
GV President Mohamed Ould Haidalla of Mauritania descends from plane and greeted by Moi.
SV Dancers & GV Guinean President Ahmed Sekou Toure descending from plane and greeted.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: African leaders meeting in Kenya have shown solidarity at their annual summit, over the issue of Namibia's independence. Kenya's President Daniel Arap Moi -- speaking as chairman of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) -- on Wednesday night (24 June) pledged Africa's continued support for the armed guerrillas of the South West People's Organisation (SWAPO).
SYNOPSIS: President Moi was at nairobi airport on Tuesday (23 June) to welcome African heads of state arriving to discuss the continent's conflicts and problems. Mr. Dawda Jaware, Gambia's President, was among the first to arrive. The meeting, held every year since the OAU was formed in 1963, brings together leaders of almost 500 million people.
United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim was greeted by Kenya's Vice President Mwai Kabaki. Mr. Waldheim told the meeting's opening session that stalemate over independence for Namibia was extremely harmful to peace and security in southern Africa.
President Siaka Stevens of Sierre Leone, the outgoing chairman of the OAU, sharply criticised the Reagan administration for failing to persuade South Africa to grant independence to Namibia. He accused the United States of allying itself with racists in South Africa in its "selfish pursuit of world domination".
Other subjects under discussion in Nairobi include the war in the Western Sahara, the conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia and a potentially dangerous border dispute between Nigeria and Cameroun. Speaking of both the Western Sahara and Libya's military intervention in Chad, the Kenyan President had condemned outside interference. President Moi said the countries involved in both conflicts should themselves make every effort to find peaceful solutions.
On the problem of Namibia, a leading issue for discussion, President Moi told OAU leaders that Africa would back the SWAPO guerrillas as long as South Africa's regime continued to defy international opinions and clung to the "illegal occupation of Namibia".
Delegates meeting in Nairobi have been angered by a Washington announcement that the U.S. is negotiating closer military ties with South Africa and might drop its diplomatic efforts to find an acceptable solution to the Namibia problem. SWAPO wants to see Namibia gain independence through a U.S. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire and elections supervised by the United Nations.