Senegalese FM seeks decisive AU summit on African federal government

Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Senegalese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, declared here Tuesday that his country would wish that African l e aders should come clear about the formation of an African federal government whe n they meet at the summit of the African Union (AU) slated for February in Addis A baba, Ethiopia.
Gadio noted that all African countries had expressed their agreement on the form ation of a federal government since the July 2007 summit in Accra, Ghana, PANA r e ports.
"Since everybody agrees on the establishment of the union's government, it has t o be implemented," Gadio said, noting that it would be desirable to establish th e continental executive instrument in total unity "so that every body could move t owards this crucial step in the African integration".
In an interview with PANA following the consultative meeting of foreign minister s of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) on the issue, Gadio declare d that Senegal had identified two perspectives for the formation of a continental government.
He said "The first, which is better, is that Africa goes in unison to establish a federal government which could start with nine ministries.
"When people realise that this works efficiently and that it benefits Africa, th ey will accept 14 ministries, then 20, and so on.
" On the second perspective, he said the most important thing, for supporters of t he federal government, was to begin the implementation of the executive instrume n t, explaining that is was unacceptable that some countries were still undecisive about it.
"We will not spend one century setting up commissions," he stressed, adding that "it is high time we moved towards the African federal government and we hope th e report of the African Union Commission (AUC) on the issue will be given serious consideration and that the February 2009 summit in Addis Ababa will decide on th e setting up of this government within the next six months before the following s u mmit in July," he said.
The Senegalese minister said the coming summit would be an opportunity to determ ine the nature of the structure of the government, including the number of portf o lios and the field of competence as well and the head of the government, his/her deputy, and eight/nine ministers in charge of specific continental matters.
Gadio stressed that this had nothing to do with the sovereignty of states, sayin g that there would be three levels, national governments, regional organisations and the continental government.
Countries can choose to entrust to the continental government some missions, whi ch will be better managed and more successful at continental level and there is t he difference," he declared.
He expressed hope that all African countries would come to the Addis Ababa summi t with the same determination as Senegal, Libya, Gabon, Mali, Togo and Benin, wh i ch are all supporting the formation of the African federal government, and noted that 20 countries were ready to immediately move towards its establishment.

28 janvier 2009 14:56:00

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