UK minister upbeat about AU's future

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union has the opportunity now to set the stage for sustainable development, peace and security for the people of Africa into the future, Britain's Minister for Africa, Chris Mullin has said.
Mullin, who is in Addis Ababa to attend the third ordinary session of the AU Assembly as an invited guest, said the UK looked forward to working in partnership with Africa to achieve these goals.
The AU summit taking place 6-8 July is expected to take important decisions on the Union's direction and its institutional architecture, including the concept of the African Standby Force and the integration of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) into the AU.
According to a statement issued by the British Embassy here, the goals of the AU in promoting stability and economic development are in line with UK objectives for Africa.
The UK has contributed two million pounds to the AU observer mission in Darfur, western Sudan, and to the AU peacekeeping mission in Burundi.
In addition to attending the summit, Mullin will have wide range of bilateral meetings with African senior government officials.

06 july 2004 11:55:00

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