Arab League commends AU's evolving capacity

  Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa has said that despite the difficulties facing the African Union (AU), the organisation has "become a system capable" of dealing with the problems facing the continent.
   He cited particularly the Union's role in quelling conflicts on the continent, noting that peace and security were vital to the achievement of grwoth and development of a people, country or region.
   Moussa was speaking in Sirte Monday at the opening session of the 5th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State of the AU convening from 4 to 5 July in the hometown of Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi.
   The Arab League official pledged his organisation's commitment to work with Africa in attaining the Millennium Development Goals, noting that more than two-thirds of the Arab people were in Africa.
   He said this fact required "more consolidation" of Afro-Arab ties to the mutual benefit of the two peoples, and disclosed that the Arab League and AU have agreed to the promotion of tourism and trade between the two blocs.
   Also addressing the opening session, Palestine National Authority president Mahmud Abbas said Palestine and its people "hold Africa in high esteem" for the continent's support for the Palestinian struggle.
   "We appreciate the solidarity of the African people with the Palestinian people who are suffering under the aggression and expansionism of Israel," he said.
   He lauded the institutional development of the AU, citing the Peace and Security Council, Pan-African Parliament, Court of Justice and the promotion democracy and vital efforts to end conflicts to enhance the drive towards development on the continent.
   Abbas said the Palestinian people had agreed to a negotiated settlement with the Israeli government in a bid to achieve peace and progress for the Palestinian people.

04 july 2005 16:15:00

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