The year 2011 was a year of trials and tribulations marked by many political and humanitarian crises, said African Union Chairman Jean Ping as he opened the African Union high-level summit of heads of state on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital. He stressed that the AU needs to stand on its own two feet.
The African Union will hold its 18th Summit in Addis Ababa from January 23-30. Kenyans have not-too-fond memories of last January's summit -- at which the so-called shuttle diplomacy against Kenya's engagement with the International Criminal Court was launched. And the region as a whole was focused on the implications of external intervention under the "responsibility to protect" -- given the massive changes then underway in North Africa.
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