AU chair calls for actions rather than speeches

Banjul- Gambia (PANA) - – African Union (AU) current chairperson, Congolese President, Denis Sassou Nguesso said Saturday in Banjul that time had come to shift from speeches to actions.
Speaking at the opening of the seventh ordinary AU summit, Sassou Nguesso stressed that the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) should "stop being a mere slogan to become a programme for the continent".
On the same issue, Sassou Nguesso revealed that each regional economic community (REC) had been invited to choose "an integrated project expressing the new desire to give NEPAD a concrete programme, as he urged all African leaders last May.
Sassou Nguesso hailed the theme of the summit, which covers the integration and development of RECs, which, for him, shows the common will of member states of the AU to get the continent towards economic integration.
The AU chairman notes that the development of the African continent depends largely on peace.
That's the reason why he believes that the search for peace and security remains the main focus of the AU policy.
As regards conflicts in Africa, President Sassou Nguesso notes "positive signals to clinch onto", citing the settlement of some conflicts as being very much under way.
For the situation in Côte d'Ivoire as well as in DR Congo, road maps were drawn up and the processes are on normal course, he said.
He cited that in Darfur, a working framework has been set up in order to enable a way out of the crisis.
But Sassou Nguesso mentioned the situation in Somalia, which he described as tragic.
"It's urgent for us to provide our support to the transition government".
The AU chairman also highlighted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
In this regard, he renewed his call on States to intensify their efforts in the fight against these pandemics.
The AU seventh summit ends on Sunday.

01 july 2006 20:16:00

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