President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia today (Wednesday) attended the 116-nation annual conference in Geneva of the International Labour Organisation, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
GV EXT. Palais de Nations Building
CU Kaunda and Emperor on steps
CU PAN Kaunda enters
TGV INT. Delegates in hall
CU I.L.O. sign
STV Mr Morse at rostrum
SV Mr Morse speaks (SOF)
SV Delegates applaud
SV Emperor speaks in Amharic (SOF)
SV Delegates applaud
TRANSCRIPT: MR. MORSE: "Few statesmen of today have been more involved in the great events of this century than the Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. No living world leader knows more intimately the tragedy that war can bring to his people. The world remembers his stirring words, spoken in this very building in 1937, when he raised his voice against tyranny, and he raised his voice against oppression. None has struggled more wisely more persistently, to create opportunities for international concord and cooperation".
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Background: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia today (Wednesday) attended the 116-nation annual conference in Geneva of the International Labour Organisation, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. In an address the Emperor said that apartheid, civil war and the widening gap between rich and poor nations might, if left unchecked, explode with incalculable consequences.
The Emperor was introduces by the Director-General of the I.L.O., Mr. David A. Morse. Mr. Morse referred to 1937, when the Emperor urged the League of Nations, then meeting in the Palais de Nations, to act Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia.
The Emperor, speaking in Amharic, called for "a concerted supreme effort and sacrifice towards and realisation of saner and less self-seeking socio-economic structure in the interest of mankind at large".
President Kaunda also spoke, calling upon the world's workers to stop making arms for South Africa or Portugal's African territories. He also criticised Britain and France for their policies towards South Africa.