Mauritania seeks strong African regional blocs first

Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) – Moving toward a fe-deral government in Africa must first begin with the strengthening of existing regional and sub-regional economic blocs before eventually merging them into what would be the 'United States of Africa', Mauritania President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi has observed in Nouakchott.
Ould Cheikh Abdallahi told a cabinet meeting Thursday that Mauritania "would welcome any move to bring the views of our African brothers closer and to join efforts to find an organised, coherent and homogenous framework in a globalised world in which development depends on the capacity to unite".
It's the first time that the Mauritanian government has publicly spoken about the African federal government and the United States of Africa concept which African Union (AU) ninth heads of state and government summit debated 1-3 July in Accra, Ghana.
At lest 40 African leaders including President Ould Cheikh Abdallahi attended the summit.
After failing to reach an agreement on the establishment of the project of the Union government, the AU Accra summit formed a Ministerial Committee to reflect on the nature of the African federal government and its prerogatives.

06 july 2007 12:20:00




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