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KOMBA: The OAU Summit in Nairobi unanimously nominated you as Africa's candidate for the Secretary-Generalship of the UN. How did you receive the Summit's decision?

SALIM:I was clearly overwhelmed by the confidence and trust reposited in me by the Heads of State and Government of free African member states of the OAU. As an African I was particularly moved by the impressive display of Africa's eloquent determination to speak with one voice and in unambiguous terms on such an important issue. This unity of purpose was in itself a historic event. At the same time I fully recognize that the Summit's decision constitutes both a great honour for me as well as a tremendous challenge and responsibility.


Africa No 121 September 1981

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