African leaders end summit in Sirte

  Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African heads of State Tuesday ended the 5th Ordinary Assembly of the African Union (AU) here after two days of closed-door deliberations on a range of continental and global issues, sources said.
   On the issue of a continental government as proposed by Libyan leader Col.
Moammar Kadhafi, the summit agreed to push the matter for further discussion at the mid-term extraordinary summit of African leaders slated for Addis Ababa in January 2006, said the sources close to the meeting.
   Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade's proposal on alternative funding of the AU was also shifted to the Addis Ababa summit in January.
   The AU has introduced a bi-annual meeting of African leaders to ensure faster follow up on decisions and programmes, unlike its predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) that met once a year.
   According to the sources, the heads of state did not reject any of the over 40 recommendations forwarded to them, but neither did they endorse them all.
   They confirmed the appointment of former OAU secretary general Salim Ahmed Salim as the AU Mediator to the armed conflict in western Sudan's Darfur region.
Reliable sources the decision prompted the Chadian delegation to walk out of the session in protest.
   Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo will continue as Chairman of the AU until the Addis Ababa summit in January, in keeping with a decision of the mid-term heads of state summit held in Abuja, Nigeria last January.
   A number of delegations have already started leaving Libya for home ahead of the official closing ceremony later in the day, the sources said.
   Meanwhile, the AU Commission will address a news conference in Sirte to summarise the summit's outcome.

05 july 2005 14:39:00




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