AU chair says Libyan summit is "decisive step"

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Union chairperson Alpha Omar Konare has described the two-day summit of AU leaders that opened here on Monday as a "decisive step forward.
" "The Sirte summit is a decisive development for our Union.
We are on a progressive trek towards a more elaborate phase, with the setting up of regional economic communities," the AU top official said in his opening speech of the summit in Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi's hometown.
At present, he said, the international community, governments and civil society organisations support Africa, adding that the continent should stand "together as one," especially at the G8 summit.
However, he indicated that Africa should rely on itself, by putting the resources generated by its huge natural wealth in development projects as part of a strategic partnership.
"In Africa, there are large countries but also there are no small countries," he added.
  "What is the point of mobilising resources if they are not allocated to social and economic development projects in Africa?" Konare wondered, urging for the development of sound and appropriate macroeconomic policies to meet African people's expectations and needs for a decent life, peace, security and stability.
Konare also said the continent cannot achieve prosperity without peace and stability, which are indispensable conditions to any economic development, giving the example of the crises in Sudan, Somalia, and Côte d'Ivoire.
He also called for the emergence of a pan-African conscience, the involvement of young people and the civil society in the management of the state and the achievement of the NEPAD, whose implementation, he said, required the mobilisation of 60 billion US dollars.
The AU summit, chaired by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, opened Monday in the presence of the UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, the secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and the President of the EU Commission, Jose Manuel Barosso.

04 july 2005 21:55:00




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