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24.03.2007 General News

AU Summit to consider ‘United States of Africa’

By myjoyonline

A major proposition of whether Africa will need to form a United States of Africa in the bid to promote greater integration will be on the table when Ghana hosts the African Union Summit in July.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nana Akufo-Addo who announced the subject in his briefing of Parliament about the upcoming summit, said there will be need to consider the issue.

The proposal is to run Africa federally as pertains in the United States of America.

AU members states have been asked to deliberate on the issue ahead of the summit and to come up with steps needed to be taken to reach the goal. Ghana's Parliament will debate the matter in May.

The Accra Summit will also seek to address the composition of the AU Executive and a replacement for Alpha Konare who has indicated he intends to step down as a AU Presient.
The African Peer Review Mechanism will also be on the menu of the summit and the unresolved business of pockets of conflicts in parts of the continent.

Also in Parliament, President Kufuor's recent round trip to Britain, Portugal and Algeria also came up for mention with the Minority raising issues about the President's failure to inform Parliament of his visit to Portugal.