AU Summit Takes Off

Monday, 2nd July 2007
President Sirleaf is greeted by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
President Sirleaf is greeted by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Photo Credit: Sando Moore

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has participated in the opening session of the 9th Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government being held in at Ghana’s Accra International Conference Center. The Summit brought together a large gathering of the continent’s political leaders with most African Presidents in attendance.

Addressing today’s opening session the Chairperson of the African Union, Professor Alpha Omar Konare, characterized the day as a special one for Ghana and Africa. He paid homage to Former Ghanaian President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for initiating the idea, saying that a unified Africa is what he wished for before his death. Professor Konare emphasized that from 1999 to present; many things have been achieved, mentioning the African Court of Justice as a case in point. He also called for the strengthening of sub-regional commissions as well as the elimination of any obstacle which would impede this objective.

For his part, the Chairman of the African Union and President of Ghana, His Excellency John Kufuor, also paid homage to former President Nkrumah. He said that Africa is second to none in terms of natural resources, but is still bedeviled with problems. President Kufuor specifically highlighted bad governance and impunity as elements which have marred many African governments.

Also addressing today’s opening session at the 9th African Union Heads of States and Government Summit were His Excellency Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League and Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.  The Summit has also attracted hundreds of journalists from around the world, which have been a burden for the organizers.