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Is the United States of Africa a Possibility?

Is the African Union doing all it can to end the bloody conflicts on its continent. Are those who profit from these wars helping corrupt the African Union?

Will the US backed governments of Africa bow to DC and derail the formation process?

Are the powerful African diaspora around the world, involved in this process?

No timetable set for African unity

Wade, left, and Gaddafi had backed the immediate formation of an African government [EPA]
African nations failed to reach a firm timetable on steps towards a so-called United States of Africa after leaders were deeply divided over the issue at a three-day summit in Ghana.

A compromise reached late on Tuesday saw the African Union commission four studies to look at the practicalities of the idea of a single continental government.

African leaders had been split between those seeking to install an African federal government immediately and others who favoured a more gradual approach.

The final declaration of the summit was delayed by 10 hours as the two sides tried to reach a compromise.

"Africa shall evolve. It's not a revolution we are invoking so we cannot give you a timeline," John Kufuor, Ghana's president, said latye when asked why no timetable had been set out in the final declaration.

Tailor-made union

"We are not going to copy any [other union] that you may know like the United States of America or EU but something that is tailor-made for us and will suit our continent."

The studies commissioned by the African Union will examine the impact of the united government on the sovereignty of individual nations, its functions, a timeframe for its establishment and how it will be funded.

The push for a union government reflected a belief among some member states that the current African Union commission was failing to deliver, with even Alpha Oumar Konare, the commission chairman, acknowledging that the body's powers were ill-defined.

"We have all agreed that our common and final goal is the United States of Africa. The debate was not easy," Konare said.

"An audit has to be done to clarify some of the concepts because there is a lot of confusion."

Time to mature

However some leaders such as Thabo Mbeki, South Africa's president, said he wanted to give the African Union more time to mature rather than be completely overhauled.

Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's leader, and Abdoulaye Wade, his Senegalese counterpart had advocated the immediate formation of a continental government.

Diplomatic sources saying that Wade had at one stage threatening to begin his own fast-track process with a group of mainly west African states.

Gaddafi and Wade were not in their seats in the conference hall when the closing Accra Declaration was read to reporters.

Interesting 04.Jul.2007 10:45

Den Mark, Vancouver

News about this has been interesting. I'd fall over if Africa's dictators agreed to federation. What has eluded me for decades is why African leaders have not gotten together to redraw borders. Why do they continue the disgusting European colonial boundaries. Former imperial powers should pay all costs involved in returning borders to ethnic configurations, as they were before Belgium & Britain & France & Germany & Italy & Netherlands & Portugal & Spain tore thru the continent like the barbarians they were.

Similarly, i also wonder why the United States over HERE continues to exist with fake & stupid state boundaries.