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The African Renaissance Is Beginning’ Says Ethiopian Prime Minister

"The African Renaissance that we all dreamed of is beginning to happen", claimed Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Saturday, at the inauguration of the new African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. "We are now seeing the results of our struggle for survival", he declared. "Our economies have been growing at a respectable pace for nearly a decade. We have managed to overcome and manage many of the conflicts that ravaged our continent and have overhauled our conflict resolution capacity".

Call for African Integration at Davos

African leaders called for greater market integration on the continent, the freeing up of border controls and more coordination in developing infrastructure during a special session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday. South African President Jacob Zuma told delegates attending the plenary session "Africa: from transition to transformation" that much work has already been done on increasing cooperation among African states, such as the agreement among leaders last year on the need for a free trade zone.

Oil Talks Collapse Between North and South Sudan

The presidents of Sudan Omer Hassan al-Bashir and South Sudan Salva Kiir failed to reach an agreement on the terms by which Juba can export its oil through the north's pipelines despite pressure mounted by African leaders present at the summit in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is the current chair of the African Union (AU) spent several hours of the day in Sheraton hotel desperately trying to convince Bashir and Kiir to reach common grounds on the issue of oil.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Recent Visit to Egypt Receives Mixed Reviews

At the end of his second trip to Cairo to meet with government and military officials on Saturday, Cairo’s response to Ethiopian Prime minister Meles Zenawi’s visit muddled more issues regarding relationships among the Nile Basin states.

Wikileaks: Ethiopian PM Tells U.S That Removing Bashir Regime Is 'Preferred...

The Ethiopian Prime minister Meles Zenawi told the U.S. administration that toppling the government led by Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir would be the ideal scenario for Washington, according to leaked diplomatic cable.

UN Security Council Delegation Meets Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

"The delegation was briefed in detail with the current situations and events in Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan" he added. The two sides also discussed the country's unsettled border dispute with neighbouring Eritrea; which remains unresolved since the1998-2000 war which killed over 70,000 people.