The 16th ordinary session of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Ministerial Council began on Friday (11 June) in Addis Ababa, following partial settlement of the controversy involving Uganda.
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SV Ghana delegation and Foreign Minister Mr Atta
SV Interior Cameroun Foreign Minister Keutcha
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SV Cameroun delegation
SV Dahomey delegation
SV Gabon delegation
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Background: The 16th ordinary session of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Ministerial Council began on Friday (11 June) in Addis Ababa, following partial settlement of the controversy involving Uganda. The session ended in February, without transacting any business, after disagreement over the question of Uganda representation. A delegation from the Uganda government of General Idi Amin attended this session, but no ???ounter-delegation of ousted President Milton Obote arrived this time. The Uganda government has said, however, that it will not attend the AU Summit Conference scheduled to open in Addis Ababa on 21 June.
At Friday's session, delegations from 39 African nations were seated, with only Congo Kinshasha and Mauritius missing. The budgetary session as notable for the urgent appeal issued to members to pay budget arrears of well over 250,000 pounds sterling. Several of the members handed over cheques immediately in answer to the appeal.
This session is expected to end on Monday (14 June). On Tuesday he ministers start discussing the agenda for the Summit Conference.
SYNOPSIS: The sixteenth Ministerial Council Session of the Organisation of African Unity, the OAU, began in Addis Ababa on Friday. This Budgetary session had ended in February, without transacting any business, after a disagreement over the question of Uganda representation. A delegation from the Uganda government of General Idi Amin attended this session, but no counter-delegation of ousted President Milton Obote arrived. Uganda has said, how ever, that it will not attend the OAU Summit Conference in Addis Ababa on the twenty-first of June.
Delegations from thirty-nine African nations attended Friday session, devoted primarily to budgetary and administrative matters. Only Congo Kinshasha and Mauritius were missing.
The session began with a brief statement from its chairman, Somali Foreign Minister Omar Arteh. He said there was no longer any obstacle to the work of the current session, and that the meeting could proceed in a family atmosphere and spirit of understanding and goodwill.
Budgetary considerations were of the first order at the session. An urgent appeal was made to the OAU members to pay budget arrears. It is estimated that the arrears stand at more than two hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling. Many speakers made favourable replies to the appeal, while others handed over cheques immediately. This session is expected to end on Monday, and on Tuesday the ministers begin discussion of the agenda for the upcoming Summit Conference.