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hon_osei.jpgMr. Osei-Adjei noted that as a sign of the President’s commitment to
handing over power peacefully, transitional plans were activated
earlier in the year with a Special Cabinet Session at Akosombo devoted
to discussing smooth transition.

“Democracy is the path we have chosen and it is the path we shall maintain,” he said.

The
Minister said till date, government had released a total of GH¢13,
844,130 to the Electoral Commission as part of the GH¢42, 618,504
required for the 2008 elections.

He said the EC was yet to
apply for the remaining GH¢28, 774,374 adding that government would, on
its part, ensure the timely release of the amount.

Mr.
Osei-Adjei also briefed the diplomats on the outcome of some regional
deliberations including the 34th Ordinary Session of the Authority of
Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS, the 11th Ordinary Session of
the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments of the African Union
and the 19th NEPAD and ninth African Peer Review Summits.

He
noted that issues of major concern at all those conferences were those
of peace and security in individual states, world food crises, soaring
world oil prices, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and how to
facilitate the process of achieving the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) in Africa state.

Mr. Osei-Adjei noted that at the
conferences, African leaders declared their commitment to improve the
economic lot of their peoples through the vehicle of integration and
called on the international community represented by the members of the
diplomatic corps to support Africa in that effort.

“You
should understand that Africa’s economic development and the survival
of democracy on the continent are linked to Africa’s unity. If Africa
unites it will be in the interest of the global economy,” he said.

He
said African leaders also used the summits to call on the European
Union not to pressurize individual African states into signing the
interim EPA ahead of a critical examination of the details of the full
EPA.

He said the heads of states charged the African Union
Commission to study the EPA critically and report to the AU Assembly
before a final decision would be taken.

“One High point of
the AU Summit was President John Agyekum Kufuor’s farewell address to
his colleagues since it was his last as President of Ghana. He called
on his colleagues to pursue the objectives of achieving a union
government and ultimately the United States of Africa,” he said.

The briefing session was the first of its kind and the Minister assured the diplomats that it would be held regularly.

Source: GNA

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