Salim calls for popularisation of African union

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim Friday called on the African people to popularise the African Union which becomes a political and legal reality on 26 May.
Transformation of the OAU into the African Union, Salim said, requires the involvement of all Africans to contribute to its realisation.
Speaking to reporters on the 38th anniversary of the OAU, Salim said the Union's constitutive act lays emphasis on promotion of "democratic principles and institutions, popular participation and good governance as well as human and peoples' rights.
" He said the African Union is intended to involve ordinary Africans.
"This, with the establishment of the pan-African parliament, provides a real challenge to our people in ensuring that the Union represents their wishes and aspirations.
" Salim observed that this year's Africa Day celebration, commemorating the signing of the OAU charter in Addis Ababa on 25 May 1963, coincided with the ushering in of the African Union.
The coming into force of the Union's constitutive act, he said, represents a crucial step towards establishment of the Union itself and requires a series of measures to make it operational.
The act provides for a transitional period of at least one year for undertaking various tasks to transform the OAU into the new institution.
On the ordinary African's expectations from the union, Salim explained that it would invigorate the process of economic, social and political integration of the continent "through collective decisions of the people.
"Through the pan-African parliament, the people can take the Union to task (and) make it a stronger vehicle for realisation of their aspirations.

25 may 2001 19:20:00

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