Through the struggle of her people, Ethiopia has survived and this survival has afforded her the opportunity to bring the weight of her experience to the fforts deployed by the international community in building a world of peace, progress and human understanding. We are gratified that Ethiopia has been able to play a significant role in this search for a better world, a search to which she is committed in her foreign and domestic policies.
When we look back to May 5, 1941, and contemplate the progress that Africa has made in the area of independence, it appears as if one is experiencing the fulfilment of a once farfetched dream. Today, there are thirty six voices that are raised in the defence of Africa and African causes ; in the 1940’s there were only three. Ethiopia has been gratified at the emergence of these new African states to the community of sovereign independent nations. She is always willing and ready to play her part through the organisation of African Unity in bringing about greater co-operation among the independent African states and to continue to do whatever lies in her power to aid in the struggle for the complete liberation of our continent.