- Title: ETHIOPIA: OAU SUMMIT
- Date: 28th June 1995
- Summary: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (JUNE 28, 1995) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV EXTERIOR OAU (ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY) SUMMIT MEETING BUILDING / FLAGS 0.07 2. SV INTERIORS OF MEETING/ DELEGATES SEATED (PART MUTE) (9 SHOTS) 0.48 3. SV ETHIOPIAN LEADER, MELES ZENAWI, ADDRESSING DELEGATES ABOUT CONFERENCE RESOLUTION ON BURUNDI (ENGLISH) 1.38 4. SCU NEWS CONFERENCE, OAU SECRETARY-GENERAL SALIM AHMED SALIM SPEAKING ABOUT BURUNDI (ENGLISH) 2.07 5. SVU PRESIDENT OF BURUNDI SYLVESTRE NTIBANTUGANYA SPEAKING ABOUT BURUNDI (FRENCH) 2.21 6. SCU JOURNALIST 2.23 7. SCU PRESIDENT OF SUDAN OMAR HASSAN AL-BASHIR SPEAKING ABOUT EGYPT (ARABIC) 3.10 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 13th July 1995 13:00
- Location: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
- Country: AFRICA Ethiopia
- Reuters ID: LVAE8AVOEOAIZLF2CIV4ZS20LHA9
- Story Text: Western-backed plans for the Organisation of African Unity (OAU)to take the lead in peacekeeping in Africa have been challenged by Kenyan-led opposition at the end of the OAU summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Wednesday (June 28) But observers at the conference said it was a lacklustre summit with Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi, only one of a handful of African leaders who stayed throughout the three-day meeting.
He argued that the creation of a pan-African "police-force" could violate the OAU's charter which holds national sovereignty as sacrosanct.
But the Organisation of African Unity was unable to send a crystal-clear threat to the those waging the civil and ethnic war in Burundi, one year after more than a one million Rwandans were butchered.
OAU secretary-general Salim Ahmed Salim led the campaign for Africa to take the leading role in ensuring its own security and stability.
"Everything that needs to be done will be done to avoid the catastrophe, massacres and genocide that took place in Rwanda," Salim told a news conference after the summit.
But no formal resolution was passed, peace enforcement was ruled out by Salim and South Africa refused to commit troops to any force sent to Burundi.
New OAU chairman Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia's president, thanked leaders for staying in Addis after the attempted assassination of President Hosni Mubarak on Monday (June 26) Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir denied allegations that his Islamic-backed government was responsible for the attack in which two gunmen of Arab appearance were killed.
Mubarak was unhurt.
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