AU leaders set to open 5th ordinary summit in Sirte

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) were set to open their 5th ordinary summit on Monday in Sirte after most of them arrived here at the weekend.
PANA noted the arrival on Sunday of Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Gyude Bryant of Liberia, Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, Festus Mogae of Botswana, Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia, Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir of Sudan, Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Mohamed Abdelaziz of Western Sahara, Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, Jose Edouardo Dos Santos of Angola, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and AU chair, and Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo.
   Libyan national television interrupted its programmes when each president arrived to broadcast the welcome ceremonies, which, in addition to the official reception, included traditional troupes that welcomed the African leaders to the city of Syrte, where the AU was launched on 9/9/99, thus giving a concrete expression to the aspirations of the founding fathers over three decades after the defunct OAU was organised.
   Ali Mohamed Guyoud, Hon Diamini, Paul Berenger respectively Somalia, Swazi and Mauritian prime ministers, also arrived in Syrte to attend the summit.
   UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and the secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, are also here to attend the 5th AU summit.

04 july 2005 07:59:00

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