Leaders of the African Union (AU) wrapped up a special summit in Libya on Monday which was aimed to tackle regional conflicts, especially situations in Somalia, Sudan's Darfur and the Great Lakes region.
The African leaders adopted the "Tripoli Declaration" and a plan of action to find urgent solutions to crises and conflicts in Africa, but they failed to submit any substantial proposals to resolve the conflicts during the summit, the third for the AU this year.
Delegates attend the special summit of African Union (AU) in Tripoli, capital of Libya, Aug. 31, 2009. Heads of state and government of the 53-nation African Union (AU) kicked off a special summit in Libya on Monday to tackle regional conflicts, especially situations in Somalia, Sudan's Darfur and the Great Lakes region.
The African countries approved Libya's proposal to make resolving the conflicts of Africa one of the regular topics of the AU summits of heads of state and government, the final document was quoted as saying by local media.
The action plan urged African member states who have pledged to contribute to the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia to honor their promises "rapidly."
On Monday, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping told reporters before the opening of the one-day summit that three African countries, namely Sierre Leone, Malawi and Nigeria, had agreed to contribute forces to reinforce the peacekeeping mission in Somalia.