Envoys of the Organisation of African Unity's Liberation Committee meeting in Dar Es Salaam on Wednesday (20 June) accused Britain of effectively declaring war on Africa because of its policy towards Zimbabwe Rhodesia.
SV INTERIOR: top table with delegate seated.
SV: outgoing Chairman of Standing Committee on Policy and Information, Mr. Mohammed Bisbis, speaking in French.
SV PAN: delegates listening. (2 shots)
GV PAN: delegates seated in conference room.
SV: Chairman Standing Committee on Defence Alberto Sithole at head of conference
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Background: Envoys of the Organisation of African Unity's Liberation Committee meeting in Dar Es Salaam on Wednesday (20 June) accused Britain of effectively declaring war on Africa because of its policy towards Zimbabwe Rhodesia. Representatives of the OAU forum expressed grave concern over what they called persistent rumours that the new British government intends to recognise the Salisbury administration after the Commonwealth conference in Lusaka in July. The meeting began on Monday (18 June) with an appeal to the international community to bring down the 'notorious' apartheid governments in Southern Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The OAU's liberation committee was set up in 1963 to provide financial and military aid to nationalist movements throughout Africa. Its three standing committees were meeting in the Tanzanian capital before the thirty-third ministerial session, which begins there on Monday (25 June). Morocco's Mohamed Bisbis is the outgoing chairman of the policy and information committee. He told delegates that the international community should increase aid to freedom fighters in Southern Africa. Mr. Bisbis said the intransigence of minority governments in Southern Africa had led to the creation of a puppet regime in Zimbabwe Rhodesia and delayed efforts to secure full independence for Namibia.
The future success of Patriotic Front guerrillas fighting to over-throw the Salisbury administration depends greatly on OAU support. The liberation committee meeting has assumed great importance because many of its resolutions especially those put to the standing committee on defence under the Chairmanship of Ndugu Alberto Sithole -- will be discussed at the full OAU summit in Liberia in July.