African Dictators Open Summit in Ethiopia – By VOA News

January 31st, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The three-day summit of leaders from the 53-nation African Union opened Thursday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, with the post-election violence in Kenya expected to dominate the agenda. (more…)

The three-day summit of leaders from the 53-nation African Union opened Thursday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, with the post-election violence in Kenya expected to dominate the agenda.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki is among 40 heads of state or government expected to participate. Kenya’s foreign minister said the continental body has accepted Mr. Kibaki as the country’s sole representative at the summit, rejecting a request for equal treatment by Kenya’s opposition Orange Democratic Movement.

Also attending the summit is United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will call for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

The leaders are also expected to discuss peacekeeping missions in Somalia and Sudan’s Darfur region. They will also elect a successor to Ghanian President Alpha Oumar Konare, the current chairman of the A.U.

In the lead up to the conference, the U.N. peacekeeping chief Jean-Marie Guehenno met with Sudanese and A.U. representatives about speeding deployment of peacekeeping troops to Darfur. Also, South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki briefed southern African leaders on his efforts to ease Zimbabwe’s long-standing political crisis.

The conference’s official theme is industrialization, with discussions about spurring Africa’s economic potential.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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