Wednesday, January 29, 2014

War tops talks as African leaders gather in Ethiopia for summit

(Jan 30, 2014, (ADDIS ABABA))--Conflict and humanitarian crises rather than growing economies and development top the agenda for African leaders this week as they meet for a summit of the continental bloc. War in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan are key priorities, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said ahead of the two-day African Union (AU) meeting that opens on Thursday.

The controversial role on the continent of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is also expected to be addressed. "The fact that these humanitarian tragedies are unfolding in the two countries at a time when we are talking about ‘African renaissance’ must be painful to all of us," Mr Tedros added, speaking at a ministerial-level meeting on Monday.

"Unless we find (an) urgent solution, the situation in these two countries will have serious implications for peace and security in the region, and indeed the whole continent," he added. Ethiopia, hosting the 54-member meeting of the AU in Addis Ababa, is also the current head of the bloc’s rotating chair. Read more from from BD live »

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