40 Heads of State expected at AU Abuja summit

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Forty heads of State and government have confirmed their participation at the two-day mid-term summit of the Africa Union (AU) opening Sunday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, AU officials said Saturday.
They include Presidents Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who both arrived in Abuja Saturday.
Mubarak will be attending the AU summit for the first time in almost 10 years.
According to AU spokesman Desmond Orjiakor, Libya's Colonel Moammar Khadafi is among leaders whose attendance was unclear as at Saturday.
Meanwhile, the AU Executive Council of Ministers continued discussion Saturday on the framework for the adoption of a common African candidate on the soon-to-be enlarged UN Security Council.
Orjiakor expressed the hope that the Ministers would reach a consensus on the issue before the summit.
PANA learnt that the Council resolved to push for two African slots on Security Council.
Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa are top contenders for the African slots.
The AU Ministers have also approved the automatic accreditation of the European Union and other development partners as observers at AU meetings.

29 january 2005 21:27:00




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