July 5, 2005

Africa leaders urge G8 to act on Blair report

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - African Union (AU) heads of stateurged a G8 summit rich nations to act rapidly to end poverty onthe continent, saying they should implement all the proposalsof a British-backed report on aid, trade and debt.

AU officials released the text of a resolution they saidhad been approved by a two-day meeting of AU leaders in Libya.

"The Assembly (of AU leaders) ... strongly urges the G8Summit meeting scheduled for 6-8 July 2005 in Gleneagles tofully embrace the comprehensive recommendations of theCommission for Africa and act expeditiously on them," theresolution said."