Ghanaian Ambassador E.T. Turckim opened the four-day meeting of the refugee committee of the Organisation?
GV EXTERIOR of Africa Hall
SV ZOOM OUT.. delegates seated around conference table
SV Delegate from Zaire (reading papers)
SCU Ghanaian Ambassador speaking
SCU Sudanese delegate speaking
SCU Tanzanian Ambassador speaking
SV Nigerian delegate listening
SCU Zairs Ambassador
SCU Senegalese Ambassador
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Background: Ghanaian Ambassador E.T. Turckim opened the four-day meeting of the refugee committee of the Organisation of African Unity Monday (December 18) in Addis Ababa.
The delegates, from ten African nations, were meeting to discuss the situation of African refugees, problems in job placement and education and legal protection for refugees.
Delegates represented Zaire, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Burundi, Cameroon and Senegal.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from ten African states met Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a four-day conference of the refugee committee of the Organisation for African Unity. Formed in 1967, the committee was to discuss problems of employment and education for African refugees.
The conference was opened by E.T. Turckim, the Ghanaian Ambassador. The conference was to consider a report from the co-ordinating committee on placement and education of African refugees. It urged members of OAU to create employment opportunities, vocational training schemes and scholarships for refugees.
Nzo Ekangaki of Cameroon, the OAU Secretary-General, said such a programme was meant to improve refugees' lives but also to pave the way for eventual repatriation. Delegates represented Zaire, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Burundi, Cameroon and Senegal.