Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) condemned South Africa during the opening session of their annual conference on Thursday (24 June) in Mauritius for its racial violence.
GV Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, in police-escorted motorcade through city streets
SV & CU Military guard on doorway at conference centre (2 shots)
SVs Ramgoolam greeted by Mauritian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Harold Walter, and party entering building (2 shots)
GV INT Delegates seated
SV Delegates from Mali and Mauritius
SV Ramgoolam addressing gathering
SV Chairman and others applauding
SV Sierra Leone delegate speaking
SV Delegates listening
SVs Sudanese delegate speaking and delegates listening (3 shots)
The Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963 to "promote unity and international co-operation among African states and to eradicate all forms of colonialism in Africa". There are 47 member nations of the Organisation with the Seychelles becoming the 48th, after it achieves independence from Britain at the end of the month.
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Background: Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) condemned South Africa during the opening session of their annual conference on Thursday (24 June) in Mauritius for its racial violence. France was also attacked for selling nuclear reactors to South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The ministers from the 47 OAU nations met in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis and the session was opened by Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius. The ministers' main task will be to work out an agenda for a meeting of OAU Heads of State, due to take place between July the second and fifth. The ministers are expected to endorse the general feeling in black Africa that war with Rhodesia is now the only solution. They are also expected to draft a resolution attacking South Africa, one of the main points in Sir Seewoosagur's opening address.
The Prime Minister told delegates that those who died in recent rioting in black South African townships were the innocent victims of racialism. Sierra Leone's Foreign Minister, Francis Mischek Minah, agreed and called for help for liberation movements in southern Africa. Mr. Maghoub Makawi, Sudan's Foreign Minister, laid stress on the need for what he called 'the liberation of countries throughout Africa'. Later, delegates attacked France for its policy of foreign arms sales and the outgoing Chairman called on France to reconsider its decision to sell two nuclear reactors to South Africa.