From: Patrick A. Firempong, GNA Special Correspondent, Abuja.
Abuja, Jan.30, GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor was among African Leaders attending the two-day Fourth Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly which opened at Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday. The Session is also the First Mid-Term Session of the Assembly of the AU proposed at the Ethiopia Summit held in July, last year. The Mid-term Session is primarily to have another opportunity to review the implementation of decisions and declarations adopted at meetings held in July and also keep track of the various conflict situations on the Continent.
President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Chairperson of the AU opening the Summit said the atmosphere of the AU and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) in the global community was clearly more conducive, more responsive and more sympathetic. He said the disposition of the global community towards Africa now had provided the Continent with a better opportunity to obtain more support and resources from friends and development partners. "We must on our own, sit, think and plan together to exploit the changes and conducive atmosphere in the global community," he added. President Obasanjo said to take advantage of the conducive atmosphere, African Leaders must continue on the path of sustainable socio-economic and political reforms and addressed in a more determined manner the issue of conflict.
"I urge our brothers in Cote d'Ivoire to help us to help them so that we can obtain adequate attention and support from the global community to promote and sustain growth and development in Africa. We must do all we can to deepen, widen and sustain democratic practice, values and institutions", he said.
The Chairperson of the AU said, "let us show to the world that we in Africa can really tackle and resolve African problems. Let us not play around with history and with the future of our youth, women and children. Let us work harder for peace, harmony, love, unity, growth, development and democracy. I know that we can do it and we must give ourselves the chance to change Africa for the better".