The Organization of African Unity stands today as a string and
important organ of the promotion of peace and progress ever devised on
this continent. It is only a brief period since the heads of the
independent African states assembled in solemn conclave here at Addis
Ababa for the first time to translate into action the cherished aims and
aspirations of the African people for African Unity and fraternity, and
already the Organization of African Unity has proved its worth not
merely as a symbol but as a practical and effective organ. Thus, it is
with high expectation for the future that we come today to dedicate this
building as a permanent home for the OAU secretariat.
During Our visits to African countries, We have
witnessed among the continent`s diverse peoples and cultures the same
spirit for progress, the same belief in liberty and independence and
ultimate world peace and prosperity. We know that the peoples of Africa
share common aims and interests, and it is this knowledge wich has
provided the firm foundation for the OAU itself. If the peoples of
Africa continue to work for the promotion of these common aims and
interests, then the OAU will be even more strong and secure.
It is fitting that We should today again reaffirm
Ethiopia`s unswerving support for the OAU. We, personally, and Our
peoples shall continue to devote all efforts and energies to the growth
of the OAU and the principles for wich it stands.
Oct. 7, 1965
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