African leaders pledge US$50 million for Mali liberation

Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders ended their meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday with a pledge of US$50 million for the Mali International Support Mission (MISMA).

The African Union (AU) heads of state and government also agreed during the summit, whose theme was "Pan Africanism and African Renaissance", a roadmap for the celebration next May of the 50th anniversary of the Pan-African organization.

"We have decided to get together here in Addis Ababa to celebrate this jubilee.To this end, the AU Commission was commissioned to prepare the concept note of the celebration in concert with the heads of state," Ethiopian Prime minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, the new AU chairman, said during the summit's closing ceremony.

"Each member country was invited to organize national celebrations of the 50th anniversary by involving all social strata," he added.

The heads of state and government also adopted the statutes of the newly-created Pan-African University, named new commissioners and elected five new members of the AU Peace and Security Council.

They committed themselves to mobilising African domestic resources and international support to implement projects of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

Conflict situations on the continent, from Mali to tensions between Sudan and South Sudan, overshadowed the summit's main theme.

French troops are leading an international force to flush out jihadists who seized control of large swathes of northern Mali last year and imposed strict Islamic law.
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28 Janeiro 2013 19:52:40

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