Africa today (Friday) celebrates the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity.
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Background: Africa today (Friday) celebrates the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity.
The previous day Emperor Haile Selassie inaugurated two days of celebrations in Addis Ababa by welcoming representatives from the 41 member states -- including 24 heads of state.
In his address, the Emperor said that the anniversary provided an opportunity to examines the continent's critical needs and to plan the consolidation of African unity during the next ten years.
Though the foregoing Ministerial Council session had been stormy, there were later some encouraging signs for African Unity -- notably when president Idi Amin of Uganda referred to tanzanian President Julius Nyerere as his "brother" and shook him by the hand, warmly applauded by delegates.
SYNOPSIS: Two days of celebrations, marking the tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity, started at Africa Hall, Addis Ababa, on Thursday. There were encouraging signs for future unity.
Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere was greeted as a brother by President Idi Amin of Uganda -- both were applauded when they later shook hands.
General Mobutu was one of twenty-four heads of state present for the celebrations. Algeria's President Houari Boumedienne and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat were also there. All forty-one member nations had representatives at the hall.
The acting chairman for the session was General Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria. Beside him was United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who called for still closer cooperation between the two organisations. Emperor Haile Selassie arrived to officially inaugurate the anniversary celebrations.
The Emperor said that the tenth anniversary provided a perspective for members to look at the African continent's critical needs. Those present also had the chance to establish priorities for further consolidation of unity and to draw up a plan of action for the coming ten years. During the sometimes stormy Ministerial Council that preceded the celebrations, two important new agreements were reached -- on general policy and on economic declarations.