African delegations at Rio conference agree to move on
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The African Spokesperson and Political Coordinator of the Rio+20 process on Thursday downplayed Africa's limited success at the just-ended United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, saying "we should now focus on the areas of the Rio+20 outcome document that we think need further negotiations in the coming days and months." President Denis Sassou N'Guesso of the Republic of Congo was speaking at a news conference jointly addressed by the current Chairman of the African Union, President Yaya Boni of Benin; the chair of the Commission, Jean Ping and attended by a cross section of African leaders present at the Rio+20 parley. According to the Information and Communication Service (ICS) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the news conference was held against the background of what African delegations saw as a deliberate tendency by developed countries to rescind all earlier commitments on poverty reduction and the economic development of the continent.