Ethiopian PM Elected New AU Chairperson Urges Assisting Sudan, S. Sudan in Creating Two Viable States

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Jan 27th, 2013
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attends the African Peer Review Mechanism at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attends the African Peer Review Mechanism at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian PM Elected New AU Chairperson
Desalegn Urges Assisting Sudan, S. Sudan in Creating Two Viable States
Addis Ababa – The African Union summit elected the Ethiopian Premier Hailemariam Desalegn as Chairperson of the African Union to succeed his predecessor, President of Benin.
The new AU Chairperson said that Sudan and South Sudan made important progress in implementing the AU roadmap and the UNSC Resolution 2046 of 2012 by signing a series of agreements on most of the outstanding issues.
He added that both countries agree to address the problems encountered in the implementation of the agreements and made progress in their negotiations to resolve the remaining outstanding issues.
“We should continue to assist Sudan and South Sudan in achieving the objectives of creating two viable states living side by side in peace and harmony”, said Desalegn.
Addressing the opening session of the AU summit in Addis Ababa Desalegn commended the work done by his predecessor, President of Benin, Dr. Yayi Boni
He also reminded the gathering of the late Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, and the role he devoted to the cause of peace, development and prosperity of Ethiopia and Africa as a whole.
During the opening session, the African leaders received statement from the Chairperson of AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma,
Dr. Zuma commended her predecessor Dr. Jean Ping and pledged to continue on the same track, considering the current year as the year of the African Renaissance.
She reminded the African leaders that the continent is rich with its natural resources and that development, prosperity should be at hand.
The opening session was also attended by UNSG, Ban Ki-moon, and President of the General Assembly of the United Nations as well as the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas addressed the leaders and commended the African role in every progress made for the Palestinian people, recalling the vote of all African states beside the last UN decision to accept Palestine as an observer in the UN.
On his part, UNSG, Ban Ki-moon considered the summit as a turning point in the AU history, and pledged absolute help from the international organization.
He added that Sudan and South Sudan took many positive steps, and urged the two countries to exert more efforts to overcome the difficulties.
He went on to express concern on the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile, calling on Sudan and South Sudan to start immediate negotiations to achieve peace.
The opening session was also address by the Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and the former UA Chairperson Dr. Yayi Boni.
Kibaki declared that Kenya will witness elections on coming March. He commended the role played by the AUPSC in achieving peace and security, urging the leaders to establish an African new trade zone.
The opening session was also addressed by each of the new elected Libyan and Somali Prime Ministers. Source: sudanvisiondaily.

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