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Angolan president calls on NATO to end raids on Libya

(Xinhua)

09:14, August 19, 2011

LUANDA, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who just took over the presidency of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), on Thursday called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to cease the military intervention in Libya.

President dos Santos urged the concerned parties to negotiate a political solution without preconditions. He also expressed hope that the parties concerned would adopt the road map proposed by the African Union (AU) to solve the crisis in Libya.

The Angolan leader made the appealed at the closing ceremony of the 31st SADC summit in the capital Luanda, where he took over the 12-month presidency of the community from Namibia.

The president appealed to countries in the region to pay attention and express solidarity with the people of Somalia being affected for 10 years by armed conflicts and now coupled with hunger.

He urged the world community to step up efforts to send more humanitarian assistance to alleviate the sufferings of the people in Somalia, particularly children.

The two-day SADC summit in Luanda was concluded on Thursday under the motto "Consolidating the bases for regional integration, developing the infrastructures to facilitate commercial exchange and economic liberalization".

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