Ghana is to lead the African Union, instead of the original plan for Sudan to have the chairmanship. African heads of State dropped proposals for Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir to take over, because of the sensitivity of the conflict in Darfur.
It meant the conference in Addis Ababa could focus on the Somalia crisis instead.
“I was delighted to hear that Ethiopian troops have started leaving Somalia,” commissioner Alpha Oumar Konare told the conference. “But it will be chaos if African troops are not in place quickly.” Ban Ki-Moon, the UN’s new secretary general, said a solution in Darfur is a priority.