The Organisation of African Unity's liberation committee has condemned Western military intervention in Africa and said the continent should be allowed to solve its own problems.
SV INT Mr. Oyaka speaking at news conference. (5 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: OYAKA: "Now...(INDISTINCT) we told you is the feeling that, a feeling of insecurity about what is going on generally in Africa. And so under another business, the delegation of Nigeria read the following declaration ...(INDISTINCT) declaration by the Nigerian delegation to the co-ordinating committee to the..(INDISTINCT)session in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa, from 19th to 23rd June '78. While considering the question of the liberation of the remaining pockets of colonialism in Africa, namely Rhodesia. Namibia and South Africa, namely Rhodesia, Namibia and South Africa, our delegation felt compelled in pronounce itself on the finds itself in a situation where there is an attempt to recolonise the continent. Our delegation recalled with a deep alarm the fact that a bunch of mercenaries has ben paid to overthrow the government of an independent African state. Our delegation cannot remain silent."
According to Reuters, the resolution apparently referred to last month's bloody coup in the Comoro islands in which Belgian mercenary, Bob Denard, was said to have been involved.
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Background: The Organisation of African Unity's liberation committee has condemned Western military intervention in Africa and said the continent should be allowed to solve its own problems. The 21-member committee, meeting in the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam, on Saturday (24 June) approved a hard-line resolution put forward by Nigeria. Conference sources said there was a heated debate at the closed meeting before the statement was approved by a majority. It said: "We have learned with dismay of the proposal to set up a pan-African force in our continent with the help of certain Non-African powers. A pan-African force must be African and it must be set up by the OAU when and now it decides to do so". The Western proposal to set up such a force followed last month's French and Belgian military intervention in Zaire where their forces rescued whites and helped the government to drive out invading rebels. Zaire is a member of the liberation committee. At the end of the closed session, Mr. Laban Oyaka, Assistant-Executive-Secretary of the committee, addressed a news conference.