Ghana urges end to African conflicts as OAU clocks 38

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana Wednesday expressed regret that as Africa celebrates the 38th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), conflicts continued to rage in parts of the continent, causing deaths and sufferings to millions of people.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement to mark the Africa Liberation Day, which falls on Friday, therefore, called for "an immediate end to all conflicts on the continent.
" It also pledged Ghana's "strong and unflinching support to various diplomatic efforts being made both at the bilateral and multilateral levels, to end these conflicts.
" "This will enable the continent to devote her entire energies and resources to effecting the much needed improvements to the quality of life of her peoples," the statement added.
It said the anniversary offers an opportunity for African countries to take stock of the performance of the OAU formed in 1963, and rededicate themselves to its noble ideals and objectives.
This year's celebration, it noted, "is auspicious as it signifies the end of the existence of the OAU and marks the beginning of the African Union.
" African leaders endorsed the Union during the 36th OAU Summit in Lome, Togo, in July 2000, by signing the Constitutive Act of the African Union.
"The Act is envisaged to strategically prepare and re-position the continent to confront the challenges presented by a globalised world," the Ministry said.
The Act comes into force 26 May following the receipt of the 36th instrument of ratification by the OAU Secretariat in Addis Ababa.
Ghana commended the Secretariat and the outgoing Secretary-General, Salim Ahmed Salim for effectively co-ordinating the fight for the emancipation of Africa from colonial rule over the past four decades.
"It is hoped that with the completion of the total liberation of the African continent from the humiliating shackles of colonial rule, the incoming Secretariat of the African Union will demonstrate the same zeal, dedication and commitment to the attainment of the continental economic co-operation and integration envisioned in the Consultative Act of the African Union," the statement concluded.

23 may 2001 18:10:00

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