AU Summit: Equatorial Guinea president assumes AU chairmanship

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea President Theodor Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on Sunday assumed chairmanship of the African Union (AU), saying in his first statement in office that the crisis of values of the African culture had reduced and continued to diminish the unity and solidarity of the African peoples.

Accepting the chair at the opening of the 16th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly here, Mbasogo said that flashes of instability in several African countries were a menace to peace, stability and the promotion of essential values for the cohesion of AU member states.

The president referred to the Summit's theme 'Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values', and observed that Africa had created various instruments that amplified its shared values.

These instruments, he said, began with the Charter of the Organisation of African Unity, the Lagos Plan of Action and the AU Constitutive Act aimed at engaging everybody in safeguarding the principles of independence, territorial integrity, sovereignty and development of the continent as well as for eliminating discriminatory barriers to AU's contribution to global development.

Mbasogo said other instruments, including the Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa, the African Charter on Popular Participation in Development, the Convention on Prevention and Fighting Corruption and the News Partnership in Africa's Development, were instruments for improving the management of the economy, poverty elimination and achieving better standards of living for the African population.

The president also thanked member states of the Community of Central African States for their trust and confidence in nominating Equatorial Guinea as their candidate for the AU chairmanship in 2011.

"This is the first time in the history of the AU that the only Spanish-speaking country in the continent assumes the chair of this Assembly," said Mbasogo, who took over from Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika.
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30 Janeiro 2011 12:29:28

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