• Short Summary

    The Defence Commission of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) opened its fourth session in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (15 December).

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    GV PAN INTERIOR delegates in conference
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    2.
    SV Officials' table
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    3.
    CU Chairman
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    4.
    Delegates from Cameroun and Uganda (2 shots)
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    CU Chairman speaking and delegates listening (3 shots)
    0.32

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    SV Ethiopian Defence Minister speaking and delegates listening (8 shots)
    0.58

    7.
    SV Assistant Secretary Musa speaking and delegates listen (8 shots)
    1.30

    8.
    SV Chairman speaking
    1.33

    9.
    SV Delegates applaud
    1.38



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    Background: The Defence Commission of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) opened its fourth session in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (15 December). Delegates from some thirty of the forty-one member states are attending the session, which ends on Saturday (18 December).

    The main items for discussion are the intensification of the struggle against colonialism and apartheid, as well as safeguarding the integrity of member states from foreign aggression. In a message read to the conference, Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie called on the OAU to make a concrete decision for the liberation of Africa.

    The Defence Commission, which meets every two years, previously has met in Accra, Freetown and Lagos.

    SYNOPSIS: The Defence Commission of the Organisation of African Unity, O-A-U, opened its fourth session in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Some thirty of the forty-one member states are attending the conference to discuss the intensification of the struggle against colonialism and apartheid, as well as safeguarding the integrity of member states from foreign aggression.

    Outgoing chairman, General O. Olutoye of Nigeria, opened the meeting and introduced the Ethiopian Defence Minister, General Kebede Gabera.

    The Defence Minister read out a special message to the conference from Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Salessie, who called on the Defence Commission to make a concrete decision for the liberation of Africa. He said Senegal, Guinea and Zambia had been targets for colonialist and fascist aggression and that this constituted a threat to all of free Africa.

    The Emperor's points were echoed by other speakers on the first day of the present session, which will and on Saturday. Acting O-A-U Secretary General, H.B. Musa of Nigeria said: "Whether we wish it or not, sooner or later we shall have to resort to violence, which we abher." He added that "it is better we prepare ourselves for it and decide on it now."
    General Olutoye then listed items for discussion, including Uganda's offer to act as a training ground for a United African Liberation Army.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEECIOHQQ4N9QSIBWVB1N0TFAM
    Media URN:
    VLVAEECIOHQQ4N9QSIBWVB1N0TFAM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
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