African Leaders Urged to Stand Their Ground

Ethiopian ambassador to Zimbabwe Gennet Zewide

African leaders should stand their ground when foreigners try to impose their resolutions on the continent, an Ethiopian diplomat has said.

Speaking after paying a courtesy call on Zimbabwe’s Acting President John Nkomo at his offices in Harare yesterday, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Ethiopia, Gennet Zewide, said African leaders were supposed to stand on their resolutions.

Responding to questions on Africa’s position on Nato’s invasion of Libya, Ambassador Zewide said it was an issue that African leaders should address.

“Africa always has a position and I believe most of the issues can be handled by Africa itself, so there is need for the leaders to look at how they can address that,” she said.

Ambassador Zewide said she had been sent by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi with a message to Acting President Nkomo with regards to the Africa Union Summit to be held in Ethiopia from January 23-30.

“The Summit is going to look at general matters like Peace and Security and we are happy that there has been an improvement in terms of peace and security in spite of the problems that happened in some regions,” Ambassador Zewide said.

The 18th Ordinary Session of the Summit will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme: “Boosting Intra-African Trade.”

During their meeting, the AU heads of state and government will consider the recommendations of the Executive Council on the report of the Commission on the implementation of previous Decisions of the Executive Council and the Assembly, the report of the Peace and Security Council on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa.