|... Since political freedom cannot be assured without economic |
independence, this struggle has been a long and, at times, a bitter one.
The economic obstacles are formidable, to say nothing of the political
opposition which those economic obstacles in fact support. The
opposition would divide the countries of Africa, profiting by their
present vulnerable economic postures, in order to promote political
We are confident that, by concerting among themselves, the people of
Africa will be able to build an enduring community linked by solid
economic as well as political bonds. However, it is important that the
opportunities for consultation be expanded to a maximum. For this
reason, Ethiopia has been a staunch supporter of every conference of
Independent Africa States. We feel that by consultation and
co-operation between independent States, the clarity and force of the
ideals or of freedom can best be preserved. ...