The President of the United Nations, Gaston Thorn, said the problem of Angola should be left initially to the Organisation of African Unity to deal with.
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Background: The President of the United Nations, Gaston Thorn, said the problem of Angola should be left initially to the Organisation of African Unity to deal with. Mr. Thorn was speaking in the United National General Assembly on Tuesday (16 December).
Mr. Thorn said that a remedy to solve the situation in Angola should only be sought from the United Nations if efforts by the OAU were unsuccessful.
since Angola got its independence from Portugal last month it has been torn by civil war as three different liberation movements struggle for control.
In his remarks on Tuesday (16 December) Mr. Thorne told the General Assembly that he believed the United Nations had not done all it could have on the question of Angola. But although the matter had not been formally on the U.N.'s agenda it had been discussed along with other decolonisation issues.
A number of African states have already asked for the OAU to take action on Angola and a meeting of the organisation is due to take place soon.
SYNOPSIS: Speaking in the General Assembly on Tuesday, United Nations President, gaston Thorn, said the Organisation of African Unity should take action on the situation in Angola.
Since Angola was granted independence by Portugal last month it has been torn by civil war as three rival liberation groups struggle for control and many believe the OAU should step in.
Mr. Thorn said although he believed the problem should not be left completely for the OAU to deal with he felt that it should be left to take the initiative in any possible peace moves.
He said that basically an African situation could be best solved with an African solution. He said that being a European -- and as a Luxembourger he couldn't be accused of coming from a country with a history of colonisation in Africa -- one must be guarded.
We are now coming to the end of the decolonisation period following European colonisation, he said. simultaneously we are embarking on another problem where people who once lived under colonisation now have to establish new boundaries and become more self sufficient.
When an ideological dispute--such as we have in Angola--erupts in newly independent countries it is not for Europeans to put a finger into the pie and perhaps complicate things even further.