World leaders send messages to AU summit

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa's opportunity to realise peace has become distinct because the African Union is actively engaged in more peace-related programmes than ever before, Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has said in a message to the third ordinary summit of the AU.
Koizumi pledged his country's continued support to African peace consolidation efforts, including disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration and landmine clearance activities.
Already Japan has shouldered 20 percent of the total cost for UN peacekeeping operations in Africa.
The Prime Minister noted that Tokyo has been steadily fulfilling its commitment to provide grant aid assistance totalling $1 billion in such areas as education, health and medical care, water and relief food.
Koizumi underlined the urgency for Africa to ensure human security with regard to protection and empowerment of each individual.
Other goodwill messages to the summit came from leaders of Russia, India, Iran, European Union and People's Republic of China.

06 july 2004 12:26:00

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