Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 20, 1975 · Page 18
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July 20, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 18

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20, 1975 S. Africa's Independence Questioned KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Black Airi- ca questioned on Saturday the right of white-ruled South Africa to exist as an independent nation under international law. Peter Onu. Nigerian assistant secretar- v-eeneral of the Organization of African l£ said delegates for the first time voted to debate "the international status of South Africa." He said this meant debating whether the white-minority regime is an illegal colony or an independent republic. The issue, part of a 41-point agenda for foreign ministers preparing for an OAU summit, reflected a hardening black African line against South Africa. Uganda, which proposed the item, had called Friday for all-out war against the racially segregated country. * * · OBSERVERS SAID the hard line on South Africa has caused a split in the 46-nation OAU ranks and prompted the absence from the conference of four states -- Tanzania. Zambia, Botswana and Mozambique. All four, on black Africa's south flank and in close proximity to South Africa, are believed to favor negotiating to end apartheid, or the policy of racial separation. Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana also have political differences with conference host Idi Amin over his turbulent army rule in Uganda. Onu did not make it clear how South Africa, self-governing for most of the 20th century, could be considered a colony. South Africa was settled by both British and Dutch emigrants. . Amin hinted in a speech Friday that the dbjectioa was broadly based «aS«ifc Africa's existence as a siute-doaitaated enclave on a black coouoeat "Some amocg us have expressed tike view that South Africa is an independent state and that, therefore, we must of necessity accept to talk with the regime there on the basis of equality asd noninterference in her internal affairs," Amin said. "But South Africa is a geographical component of our continent and we expect that the policy there cannot in any way be contrary to the wishes of the African peoples." . Reiiabie sources said OAU feh a deeiarauee tfeat Sew* Africa is aa illegal regie wouid help prepare for its eventual expulsioa from world political and trade bodies. The foreign ministers adopted an agenda aimed at establishing nonbinding policies on the underdeveloped continent's economic and political problems. Delegates rejected a move to put the possible expulsion of Israel from the United Nations on the agenda as a separate item. Onu said the issue could still come up during discussions of Middle East questions. Ugandan President Idi Amin Waves While Touring Lawn at Party Four Englishmen Carry Amin and a Swedish Businessman Follows With Umbrella Amin's Prank 'Balances History' -AP Wirephoto KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Uganda's government newspaper said Saturday that President Idi Amin "balanced history" with a cocktail party prank in which he was carried shoulder-high into a diplomatic reception by four British businessmen. A front-page picture in the "Voice of Uganda" showed a grinning Amin and the smiling Britons carrying him in a chair Friday for the reception attended by hundreds of diplomats on the opening day of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) ministerial conference here. Amin later played a dance tune on an accordion accompanied by a brass band. The caption said: ".. .This newsy picture would reverse or compensate a chapter in the history of Africa. A reader would pose a question now that (Sic) who leads Africa? "Of course it is dynamic leaders like President Amin." * * * THE CAPTION continued: "These carriers in the picture were friends and we have no grudge, but it has set history. The British explorers and colonialists at the beginning of this century traveled on the continent in comfort. They would ride in Social Workers Vote Strike End In Pennsylvania HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania welfare and social workers voted to accept the state's contract offer Saturday and end their 19-day strike. A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Social Services Union (PSSU), representing about 12,000 employes, said the unofficial count was 1450-1050 with all but one voting place reporting late Saturday. Meanwhile, members of the only other striking union, Pennsylvania Employment Services Employes Association' (PESEA), said a vote by rank and-file was running 4-1 in favor of the contract with 45 per cent of the vote in, said union president Ed Farrell. chariots pushed by Africans who toiled and earned little presents in return. "For the toil and sweat they did not reap anything much. Isn't the president setting up a chapter that balances history?" Amin's aides had made it clear that the stunt was all a joke. The Britons, who volunteered to carry the 240-pound Amin, said they were "just trying to promote Anglo-Ugandan relations," strained a few weeks ago when Amin threatened to execute British lecturer Denis Hills for calling him a village tyrant in an unpublished manuscript. Hills was reprieved and flew to Britain. During the crisis, Amin said 700 Britons still living in the former colony were being watched as possible spies. 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