The President of Sierra Leone, Doctor Siaka Stevens, has urged the Organisation of African Unity of establish a political security council to cope with any attacks from outside the African continent.
GV EXTERIOR Front of conference hall in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where Organisation of African Unity delegates are meeting.
GV INTERIOR Delegates seated in conference room.
GV Officials at front table with Dr. Siaka Stevens President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and meeting Chairman addressing conference.
SV Delegates from Zimbabwe seated.
SV Delegates from Algeria seated.
SV Delegates from Niger seated.
SV Delegates from Mozambique seated.
SV Delegates from Liberia seated.
SV Delegates from Libya seated.
SV Delegates from Madagascar seated.
GV Official table with president Stevens in centre.
GV Delegates seated in conference hall.
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Background: The President of Sierra Leone, Doctor Siaka Stevens, has urged the Organisation of African Unity of establish a political security council to cope with any attacks from outside the African continent. Opening a regular session of the OAU Council of Ministers in his country's capital, Freetown, on Wednesday (18 June), President Stevens said such a council would monitor situations which might threaten peace in the continent.
SYNOPSIS: The Council of Ministers meeting is a prelude of the OAU Summit to be held in Sierra Leone next month.
Chairing the meeting, President Stevens welcomed Zimbabwe's delegates, taking part for the first time.
He told members that the independence of Zimbabwe represented the zenith of Africa's liberation struggle. Doctor Stevens added that South Africa should realise by now that the days of what he called the 'odious policy of apartheid' are numbered.
Liberia also was represented despite being excluded from the Lagos summit in April. This followed Liberia's coup earlier that month, resulting in the assassination of former President William Tolbert who, at the time, was also chairman to the OAU.