Seven speeches to mark opening session of AU Summit

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African leaders and foreign dignitaries are expected to deliver more than six speeches at a marathon opening session of the fifth African Union (AU) ordinary summit here Monday, AU Commission officials said.
Libyan leader, Col.
Moammar Kadhafi, whose country is hosting an AU ordinary summit for the first time, will welcome his colleagues, foreign dignitaries, delegates and observers in an opening speech, the officials told PANA.
Kadhafi's address is expected to boost the integration process like other inspiring speeches that delivered during extraordinary summits called at his initiative in his native city of Sirte, since 9 September 1999.
According to the official programme prepared by the African foreign ministers, AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali will later take the podium to give an activity report of the African Union.
Guests like Arab League Secretary-general Amr Moussa, EU Commission chairman Jose Manuel Barosso, chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and UN secretary-general Kofi Annan will also deliver addresses during the opening session Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who is AU chair until the Addis Ababa summit in January 2006, will deliver the last speech, according to the official programme, which the Executive Council issued here on Sunday.
Meanwhile, security measures which were tightened as the opening of the summit drew closer have ended up changing the Ouagadougou complex, where the summit will take place, into a real bunker, where neither taxicabs nor commercial have been able to access in the past 48 hours without authorisation.

04 july 2005 09:41:00

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