The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity -- O.A.U. -- on Monday pledged support?
SV O.A.U. Secretary-General shakes hands with friends and walks up aircraft steps
SV O.A.U. Secretary-General walks up steps waving back at officials
SV INT Mr. Eteki M'Boumoua interviewed
REPORTER: "Mr. M'Boumoua, just a question on the independence achieved by Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. What is the O.A.U. doing to help them stand on their own feet in the achievement of full independence?"
MR. ETEKI: "You know, this stand is certainly not new for O.A.U. When Equatorial-Guinea became independent we tried to help them for staffs, and so on, so that now if Guinea-Bissau or Mozambique needs our help -- our intervention -- we are ready to do this. First of all in appealing for solidarity of member states of Africa and to coordinating all international aid from institutions and so on. Anyway we are ready to try to do something for this forward step of independence."
REPORTER: "Now, on the question of arms sales, Jordan's arms sales to South Africa, what do you think are the implications regarding the African Freedom movement?"
MR. ETEKI: "You know I think it is not fair that an Arab country which is our friend -- you know, Afro-Arab cooperation is inter-related --- you know it is not fair that an Arab country give to our enemy of Rhodesia or South Africa weapons who can stop the activities of the freedom fighters in this area. So that I have already sent a message to the Secretary-General of the Arab League for protesting, and that is not good and so he will take the steps to stop this sort of thing. I think it is not fair... and cannot give the arms. African country cannot give arms to Israel to fight against Arab country. I think Arab country cannot...is not good to give arms to cur enemy."
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This film includes an interview with Mr. Eteki. A transcript follows:
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Background: The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity -- O.A.U. -- on Monday pledged support for the newly independent state of Guinea-Bissau and hit out at Jordan for selling arms to South Africa.
The Secretary-General, Mr. William Eteki M'Boumoua, made the comments in Accra where he stopped off on his way tot the Guinea-Bissau independence celebrations after attending the swearing-in of the provisional government in Mozambique.
Mr. Eteki M'Boumoua said the O.A.U. would coordinate assistance from its member states, other friendly countries and international organisations for both Guinea-Bissau and the transitional government of Mozambique.
He added he had also protested to the Secretary-General of the Arab League about Jordan's recent sale of British-built arms to South Africa.