Political parties seek to unite Africa
28 April 2013, 15:58
Khartoum - Political parties from 35 African nations began
meeting in Khartoum on Saturday to create a joint forum that will further unify
the continent, Sudanese officials said.
"I suggest this meeting will be one of the basic steps
to complete the unity of Africa," Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir told
the opening session of the two-day gathering.
He said Africa has not had proportionate representation in
international forums despite the continent's history and its population of more
than one billion.
Delegates plan to form the first Council of African
"This meeting wants to unite the African political
parties. We want to create a political body for all the parties," Nafie
Ali Nafie, assistant to Bashir, told reporters.
He said that only parties with representatives in their
parliaments were invited.
A delegate from Zambia described the meeting as an
"initiative" of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party.
Aisha Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs at the
54-member African Union, attended the opening ceremony.