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Addis needed to rename streets for recognition as African city


 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 11 2004  - Addis Ababa City Council is renaming streets and thoroughfares after the 52 other members of the African Union (AU), local press reports said on Sunday.

The streets were designated through raffles drawn by Mayor Arkebe Equbay, who also gave certificates of title deeds to a 2 000 square metre plot of land donated to the 52 countries for building their respective embassies in Addis Ababa, seat of the AU Commission.

Streets named after some countries were located in the centre of the city, and those of many others in the outskirts and in isolated areas that were allocated to them in raffles.

Sudan maintains the Avenue named after it in the early 1960s, and located between the National Bank of Ethiopia and the Ministry of Health in the centre of Addis Ababa.

Neighbouring Eritrea, whose relations with Ethiopia were suspended and remained strained since the 1998-2000 bloody border conflict, has an avenue named after it between the Army Hospital near the Italian Embassy at Kabana, and the bridge in the vicinity of Korean War Veterans' Residential Area, leading to the French embassy.

Egyptian Avenue is located in the southern district of Addis Ababa at Makannissa, from Pushpin Square near the Three Tukuls to Coffee Board.

Angola Avenue runs from Sidist Kilo, behind the Lions' Cage, along the street on the right side of Janmeda leading to the French embassy.

Ghana Avenue runs from Ourael Church on Dessie Road to Atlas Hotel on the street to the new Medhane'alem (Saviour's) Cathedral on West Bole Road.

Nigeria Avenue is located on the road from the Main Post Office to Ormma Garage, while the street from the Addis Ababa Traffic Police Department on Dessie Road to Bole Secondary School has been named South Africa Avenue.

Zimbabwe Avenue is located on the street stretching from the Japanese Embassy on Bole Road to the Ring Road close to Bole International Airport.

The Ethiopian capital had hosted the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the AU, since its inception in May 1963.

Late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie was seen as prime mover in bringing the leaders of 32 countries to Addis Ababa to sign the continent's Unity Charter. - Sapa-dpa

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