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AU moves summit

2012-06-11 20:38

Johannesburg - The African Union on Monday formally announced that it was moving its upcoming summit to Addis Ababa, after Malawi refused to welcome Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir for the event.

Last week, Malawi's vice president, Khumbo Kachali, said the country would accept losing the summit over al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide allegations.

The southern African nation is struggling to rebuild its economy under a new reformist government that came into office in April. Malawi could face tough economic sanctions from key Western donors if it invited the Sudanese leader.

Malawi's decision was praised by Britain and human rights groups.

Addis Ababa is home to the headquarters of the AU, which is trying to negotiate in the ongoing conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, an issue that will likely be discussed during the organisation's high level meeting next month.

The summit's dates remain 9-16 July. The AU failed to elect a chairperson at its last summit in January and much focus will be placed on whether the 54-nation grouping can decide on who should fill the top job.

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-11 21:16

    So they'd rather move their meeting and keep that genocidal maniac in their midst. We've yet to see anything constructive come out of the AU except their contribution to global warming, genocide, starvation, poverty, ignorance and never-ending wars and death. Why does the AU even exist?

  • eddy.deepfield - 2012-06-11 21:51

    Malawi shows Africa how to act like a civilised nation. Well done. You also do not show your finger to the west like SA does. Malawi is the next Botswana bound to prosper. The West generate over 60% of the worlds economy and puny South Africa .5% only. Malawi is better off with the West and so will SA. China is much poorer (per capita income) than many African countries so do not look there for help as they are looking at Africa for help.

  • Vic - 2012-06-11 21:57

    Well done to President Banda.Putting her people first. Please come and educate Zuma. Will take a very long time but may be worth it! She must come and sell his plane and the expensive cars.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-12 04:14

    AU-----------If ever there was a spineless organisation !!

  • bryan.billy2 - 2012-06-12 06:27

    this Banda is a transparent dictator.

  • Donald - 2012-06-12 09:33

    Dear Mrs Banda, I honour you as a person and leader with character. This is a hard decision but you have passed the test. May you and your country prosper!

  • mundi.joburg - 2012-06-12 10:24

    Problem is if SA and the AU falls in line with the ICC in this case then they will have set a precedent and thereafter it will be difficult for them to deny future warrants. With so many despots on the continent eg Mugabe, Teodoro Obiang - whom they openly acknowledge and support - it could cause complications if the ICC opens warrants against other "leaders". Africa will continue to be doomed if these attitudes prevail.

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