Sana’a Assembly summit concludes in Ethiopia [Archives:2007/1029/Local News]

March 1 2007

SANA'A, Feb 28 ) The Sana'a Assembly's fifth Summit concluded Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in the presence of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Sudan's President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

During the meeting, the leaders tackled ways of enhancing cooperative relations among their countries in all fields. They also discussed the latest developments at the international and regional level, at top of which the developments in the Horn of Africa.

Concluding their summit, the leaders agreed to set up a secretary for the Sana'a Assembly, with Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, as its premises. The leaders agreed to discuss a number of issues of mutual interest regarding the situation in the Sana'a Assembly state members, as they intend to achieve and maintain peace and security in the Horn of African and south of the Red Sea.

The leaders announced their commitment to help maintain security and stability in Somalia. The summit renewed its commitment to find an inclusive and permanent solution to the problem in Somalia and respect the independence and unity of that country in a way that matches up with the goals and principals of the UN and African Union as well as the UN Resolution No (1944) for 2007.

The summit also urged to promptly spread African peace-keeping forces in Somalia.

The leaders, moreover, welcomed the initiative of the Somali Transitional Federal Government regarding national reconciliation and talk that involves all factions in the country. They called on Somalis to cast away all forms of violence and terrorism.

The summit appealed to the international community to assist the Somali people in order maintain peace and security that have been achieved so far. The leaders appreciated the efforts made to enhance the peace agreement in eastern Sudan and Darfur as well as the latest efforts to involve all factions in the peace process in Darfur.

The leaders, meanwhile, appreciated the positive developments of the relations between Sudan and Chad, condemning all forms of violence and terrorism.

The summit praised Mecca Agreement, and called on the Security Council to implement the Road Map as well as all the relevant international resolutions and Arab peace initiative in order to establish a Palestinian state and end all forms of blockades imposed on the Palestinian people.