Thursday, July 2, 2009

African Summit

AU summit tackles divisions over 'African government'

Agence France Presse — African leaders at a summit Thursday struggled to overcome divisions on a proposed "African government", as Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi pressed for a powerful new continental authority.
The leaders agreed earlier in February to create an AU Authority that would centralise the executive powers of the 53-member bloc, but Kadhafi is pushing to grant the new body sweeping powers over defence, trade and foreign relations.
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Lula promises to help Africa achieve a 'green revolution'

Agence France Presse — Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday promised to help Africa achieve a "green revolution" in agriculture, at the launch of a continental summit in Libya.
Lula, invited to address the opening of the summit officially devoted to helping African farmers, said "South-South" cooperation among developing countries was "like an attack force against the distortions and inequities that persist in the global order."
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Ahmadinejad calls off Libya visit

RTE Ireland — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called off a trip to Libya for an African Union summit.
A spokesman for Mr Ahmadinejad confirmed that the visit had been cancelled without giving a reason.
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