Recent western intervention in Africa has been condemned by the Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity.
GV EXT Cuban Ambassador, Hector R. Latour arriving at OAU committee meeting at Finance Management building, Dar es Salaam and being greeted by Tanzanian Foreign Minister Benjamin Mkapa
GV Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Sekoine arriving
SV INT Sokoine speaking in English as other delegates listen (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SOKOINE: "The Liberation Committee has lived through 15 years of remarkable achievements during which the independence of Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, San Tome and Principe, Angola, Mozambique, Djibouti, the Comoros, the Seychelles, and a number of other African countries were realised. The Liberation Committee has played quite a commendable role in bringing about this achievement. So, in opening this session with the chairman, I feel a sense of pride which I believe is shared by you all for the brilliant record of the Liberation Committee. At the same time this is an appropriate opportunity to take stock of the present situation so that we shall all be better equipped to meet the challenges that lie ahead of us. For the remaining task.......of the Liberation Committee is a struggle, for freedom is southern Africa now requires from us maximum effort, the greatest dedication and the closest collaboration with the freedom fighters. (Indistinct), there are many factors in our favour if the situation evolves in southern Africa. The main future of the liberation struggle today is that the initiative, when and where to strike, is firmly in the hands of the freedom fighters who fully understand the objectives for which they are prepared to lay down their precious lives. The masses are prepared to give them cover by day and unite with them at night in combat against the illegal minority, racist, apartheid regime."
The proposed formation of a Pan-African security force and France's military intervention in Africa were expected to dominate the Committee's session. Its recommendations will be passed to the OAU Council of Ministers and Heads of State meetings to be held in Khartoum next month.
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Background: Recent western intervention in Africa has been condemned by the Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity. Mr. William Eteki Mboumoua, addressing the organisation's 21-nation Liberation Committee meeting in Tanzania last week (19 June) said raids by Rhodesian and South African forces on Angola and neighbouring black states had not attracted outside intervention as had the rebel raid on Zaire's Shaba Province, during which white mining families were massacred. But Mr. Mboumoua added that it remained essential for the west to take action against what he termed "the Cuban scarecrow".
SYNOPSIS: The Cuban Ambassador to Tanzania, Hector Latour was present for the 31st ordinary session of the OAU Liberation Committee. held in Dar es Salaam. He heard Tanzania's Prime Minister Edward Sokoine praise African freedom fighters who were prepared to give their lives to combat racism.