INTRODUCTION: The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit conference opened in Nairobi on Wednesday (24 June), at which the heads of most black African states discussed the continent's conflicts and problems.
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SCU Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi opening conference, speaking in English.
SV Delegate in audience shuffling notes & Senegalese President Abdou Diouf ascending rostrum (2 shots)
CU Senegalese President Abdou Diouf speaking in French
CU Guinean President Sekou Toure seated in audience
CU SWAPO President Sam Nujoma speaking in English.
Sv Libyan Foreign Minister Ali Tureiki seated in audience
CU Arab League Secretary General Chedli Klibi speaking in Arabic
GV & CU Sierra Leone President Siaka Stevens speaking in English (2 shots)
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SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) (SEQ 2)
MOI: "It will be an honour for us to act as a host nation throughout the coming period, and to serve the OAU to the best of our ability."
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) (SEQ 6)
NUJOMA: "We are witnessing an emerging unholy alliance between Washington and Pretoria. The United States has revived the cold war, militarism and polemics, and has embraced the terrorist fascist state, apartheid South Africa, as a traditional friend and reliable colleague. There are now baseless allegations. Rather they are making these charges on the basis of the declared positions of the top leaders from Reagan himself on down, which (indistinct) repeated loud and clear for all to hear."
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) (SEQ 9)
STEVENS: "We must persevere in our attempts at finding a solution to the Chadian problem, a solution that will not compromise the unquestioned right of Chad to exist as an independent and sovereign nation with the inalienable right of its people to determine their destiny freely and without outside interference."
The OAU summit continue until Sunday (27 June).
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit conference opened in Nairobi on Wednesday (24 June), at which the heads of most black African states discussed the continent's conflicts and problems. Among the issues expected to be discussed at the summit, which is held annually, were the dispute over Western Sahara, the conflict between Somalia and Ethiopia, and the future of Namibia. There was disappointment as the conference opened that Shehu Shagari, President of Nigeria and a key figure in the OAU, would not be attending. Nigerian officials said this was in connection with a border dispute with Cameroun. Another leader absent for the summit was Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, for reasons which were unclear. A number of African leaders spoke on the first day.
SYNOPSIS: Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi opened the session.
The next speaker to take the rostrum was President Abdou Diouf of Senegal.
Then Sam Nujoma, leader of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), attacked the United States' relations with South Africa.
Following Arab League Secretary General Chedli Klibi, it was the turn of outgoing OAU Chairman Siaka Stevens, President of Sierra Leone.