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From a "grand debate" to grand actions for a united Africa: Civil Society CommuniquР№ to the Assembly of the Heads of State Meeting during the 9th Ordinary AU Summit

African Civil Society Organisations

23 June 2007

SARPN acknowledges AFRODAD as the source of this document: www.afrodad.org
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We, the undersigned organisations from all five regions of the African Union and the Diaspora welcome the opportunity of the Grand Debate to decide on the next steps for the acceleration of political and economic unification of our beloved continent.

There is a clear consensus among us in favour of rapidly accelerating continental integration in order to respond to current and future economic, political and social challenges. Accordingly, we support the proposal for the establishment of a Union Government. We believe that the Union Government must be a People's Union and must be built on values of participation and democracy in its construction and implementation at continental, regional and national level.

A sufficient body of Summit Decisions and research exists for your Excellencies to decide in this Summit on elements of the proposal for Continental Government without further delay. There is no need to choose between Africa Union Government and the strengthening of the Regional Economic Communities. We need to accelerate both levels of implementation, as they are critical to the realisation of African citizens' aspirations for continental integration.

The presence of renewed growth rates, reduced incidences of conflict and war and more open and democratic societies encourages us to call on you to seize the opportunity for a bolder acceleration of continental integration based on the full participation of its peoples. The acceleration of deeper continental integration of Africa needs to be achieved within a feasible, time-bound and realistic framework.



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