Saturday, May 25, 2013

African Union leaders mark 50th anniversary in Ethiopia

May 25, 2013, (BBC))--Africa's 54 leaders are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity. Opening the event, Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn spoke of "a great leap forward in the pan-African quest for freedom, independence and unity".

AU head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warned that conflicts could be silenced only by "solidarity and unity". The OAU, which became the African Union (AU) in 2002, had its origins in the struggle for decolonisation.

It was founded in Addis Ababa in 1963, the venue chosen to mark the anniversary 50 years on. But while its successor has adopted a policy of seeking African solutions to internal problems, it has been criticised for failing to respond quickly enough when rebels seized power in Mali in 2012.  Read more from BBC »

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