Addis Ababa — Conflict in the Central African Republic and South Sudan dominated the agenda as Africa’s leaders met in Ethiopia Thursday for a two-day summit.
The African Union meeting, opened by outgoing chairman and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, is officially focused on agriculture and food security.
But the 54-member continental bloc has spent much of the time bogged down yet again trying to resolve conflict in member states.
“Our hearts go to the people of the Central African Republic and South Sudan who face devastating conflicts in their countries and especially to women and children who’ve become the victims,” AU commission chief Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma said in her opening remarks.
“We have to work together to ensure that we build lasting peace,” she told the meeting at the gleaming Chinese-built AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.