AU Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary At Landmark Summit (Video)

An overview of the 50th anniversary African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as seen on May 25, 2013. (Photo courtesy AU Commission)

Associated Press


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The African Union on Saturday marked 50 years since the founding of a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict.

Opening a summit of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the organization’s original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence.

“This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the realizations of Africa’s socio-economic emancipation,” he said. “The major responsibility of the current and future generations of Africans create a continent free from poverty and conflict and an Africa whose citizens would enjoy middle- income status.”

Read more at ABC News.

Watch: Leaders open landmark AU summit (Al Jazeera English)

Video: Al Jazeera’s Nazanine Moshiri reports from Addis Ababa

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