Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africahttp://www.peaceau.org/Peace and Security, African Union, RSS FeedenFriday 07 August 2020 Friday 07 August 2020 5Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africa/images/logo-african-union-peace-and-security-by-kodjo-en.gif<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 938th meeting of the PSC on the situation in Mali]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-938th-meeting-of-the-psc-on-the-situation-in-maliCOMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 938thmeeting held on 29 July 2020, on the situation in Mali, following the Declaration of Economic community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government on the Socio-Political crisis in Mali adopted on 27 July 2020:

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<![CDATA[Joint AU-IGAD statement on the recent developments in Somalia]]>/en/article/joint-au-igad-statement-on-the-recent-developments-in-somaliaAddis Ababa , 25 July 2020. The African Union Commission and IGAD take note of the vote of no confidence passed by the House of the People on the administration of Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire.

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<![CDATA[Opening Remarks By Ambassador Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security at the Launch of Youth Silencing The Guns Campaign, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24 July 2020]]>/en/article/opening-remarks-by-ambassador-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-at-the-launch-of-youth-silencing-the-guns-campaign-addis-ababa-ethiopia-24-july-2020Distinguished Colleagues and Panelists,

My daughters and sons across the continent,

I am elated to deliver this address to officially launch the campaign for the mobilization and support for African young women and men towards silencing the guns in Africa and to advance peace efforts on the Continent.

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<![CDATA[The African Union Welcomes FGS-FMS meeting in Dhusamareb ]]>/en/article/the-african-union-welcomes-fgs-fms-meeting-in-dhusamarebAddis Ababa, 24 July 2020: The African Union Commission notes and welcomes the meeting between Somalia's Federal Government (FGS) and Federal Members State (FMS) leaders in Dhusamareeb and is encouraged by the leaders'commitment to establishing a technical committee to discuss the modalities for the 2020 elections.

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<![CDATA[Communiqué for the 935th meeting of the PSC held on 9 July 2020, on the Elections in Africa, for the period from September to December 2019 and January to June 2020]]>/en/article/communique-for-the-935th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-9-july-2020-on-the-on-elections-in-africa-for-the-period-from-september-to-december-2019-and-january-to-june-2020COMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 935th meeting held on 9 July 2020, on Elections in Africa, for the period from September to December 2019 and January to June 2020.

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<![CDATA[Communiqué for the 934th meeting of the PSC held on 26 June 2020, on the Fifth (5th) anniversary of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali]]>/en/article/communique-for-the-934th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-26-june-2020-on-the-fifth-5th-anniversary-of-the-agreement-for-peace-and-reconciliation-in-maliCOMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 934thmeeting held on 26 June 2020, on the ‘Fifth (5th) anniversary of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, resulting from the Algiers Process: Necessity to enhance the support to Malians in order to accelerate the implementation and the ownership of the Agreement’;

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<![CDATA[Communique of the 933rd meeting of the PSC held on 23 June 2020, on Youth, Peace and Security in Africa]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-933rd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-23-june-2020-on-youth-peace-and-securityCOMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 933rd meeting held on 23 June 2020, on Youth, Peace and Security in Africa,

 

The Peace and Security Council, 

 

Taking note of the opening remarks made by the Permanent Representative of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria to the AU and PSC Chairperson for the month of June 2020, Ambassador Salah Francis Elhamdi; the statement of the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, read on his behalf by the AU Director for Peace and Security, Dr. Admore Mupoki Kambudzi; presentation, by the Chairperson of the PSC Committee of Experts for the month of June 2020, of the Report of Consultative Meeting of the PSC Committee of Experts held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 to 19 December 2019, pursuant to the decision of the PSC adopted at its 895th meeting, open session, held on 15 November 2019; as well as the presentation by the Coordinator of the Study on the Roles and Contributions of the Youth to Seace and Security in Africa, Professor Charles Ukeje;

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<![CDATA[Statement by his Excellency Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week, UNOCT 10 July 2020]]>/en/article/statement-by-his-excellency-ambassador-smail-chergui-au-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-virtual-counter-terrorism-week  

                                                                                              CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY

STATEMENT BY His Excellency AMBASSADOR SMAÏL CHERGUI,

AU COMMISSIONER FOR PEACE AND SECURITY

   

Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week

Interactive Closing Discussion

Member States’ Counter-Terrorism Priorities in the Post COVID-19 Environment and Synergies and Complementarities between the COVID-19 and the Counter-Terrorism Agenda

 

10 July 2020

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<![CDATA[ Briefing by His Excellency Ambassador Smail Chergui Commissioner for Peace and Security at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council, on Libya, 8 july 2020 ]]>/en/article/briefing-by-his-excellency-ambassador-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-at-the-meeting-of-the-united-nations-security-council-on-libya-8-july-2020Mister President,

Distinguished Members of the Security Council,

I want to thank you, Minister Maas, and indeed, the Security Council for convening this important meeting on the situation in Libya. This is a testimony once again of the determination of Germany to sustain the current momentum in the search of a durable solution to the ongoing instable situations as you successfully did by organising the Sudan Partnership Conference on 25 June 2020 to ensure a safe political and economic transition in this country.

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<![CDATA[Communiqué for the 936th meeting of the PSC held on 10 July 2020, on the situation in the Central African Republic]]>/en/article/communique-for-the-936th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-10-july-2020-on-the-situation-in-the-central-african-republicThe Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 936th meeting, held on 10 July 2020, adopted the following decision on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR):

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<![CDATA[Communique of the 931st meeting of the PSC held on 17 June 2020, on the situation in Sudan ]]>/en/article/communique-de-la-931eme-reunion-tenue-le-17-juin-2020-sur-la-situation-au-soudanCOMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 931st meeting held on 17 June 2020, on the situation in Sudan,

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2020-06-26 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-de-la-931eme-reunion-tenue-le-17-juin-2020-sur-la-situation-au-soudan
<![CDATA[Press Release: The African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL) Holds the Sixth Meeting of its Steering Committee ]]>/en/article/press-release-the-african-union-mechanism-for-police-cooperation-afripol-holds-the-sixth-meeting-of-its-steering-committeeAlgiers, Algeria – 25 June 2020: The Steering Committee of AFRIPOL was held, virtually, on 25th June 2020. The meeting was attended by the Chiefs of Police from Algeria, as Chair and President of the General Assembly, Uganda as First Vice President, Nigeria as Second Vice President,–Central African Republic as Third Vice President and Zambia as Rapporteur. Also in attendance were the Chairs of the Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organizations (CAPCCO, EAPCCO, SARPCCO, WAPCCO), the North African Regional Capability (NARC), African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui; and Executive Director of AFRIPOL.

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<![CDATA[Communique of the 930th meeting of the PSC held on 11 June 2020, in Commemoration of the African Border Day within the framework of the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-930th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-11-june-2020-in-commemoration-of-the-african-border-day-within-the-framework-of-the-au-master-roadmap-of-practical-steps-to-silence-the-guns-in-africa-by-the-year-2020COMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 930th meeting held on 11 June 2020, in Commemoration of the African Border Day within the framework of the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020,

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<![CDATA[Statement by H.E. Amb. Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, on the commemoration of the African Border Day + within the framework of the AU Master Roadmap On Silencing the Guns]]>/en/article/statement-by-h-e-amb-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-on-the-commemoration-of-the-african-border-day-within-the-framework-of-the-au-master-roadmap-on-silencing-the-gunsDistinguished Members of the Council,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me, at the outset, to express my gratitude to you Mr. Chairperson and to the Members of the Peace and Security Council for convening this virtual meeting to commemorate African Border Day within the framework of the AU Master Roadmap on Silencing the Guns in Africa.

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<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 929th meeting of the PSC held on 2 June 2020, on the cessation of hostilities and humanitarian truce in Africa within the framework of the AU Roadmap for Silencing the guns in the context of COVID-19]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-929th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-2-june-2020-on-the-cessation-of-hostilities-and-humanitarian-truce-in-africa-within-the-framework-of-the-au-roadmap-for-silencing-the-guns-in-the-context-of-covid-19                                                               COMMUNIQUÉ

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 929th meeting held on 2 June 2020, on the cessation of hostilities and humanitarian truce in Africa within the framework of the AU Roadmap for Silencing the guns in the context of COVID-19,

The Peace and Security Council,

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<![CDATA[Press Release: African Union calls for redoubling of efforts to silence the guns in Africa ]]>/en/article/press-release-african-union-calls-for-redoubling-of-efforts-to-silence-the-guns-in-africaAddis Ababa, 8 June 2020: The Series of a Virtual Conference, which commenced on 25 May 2020 in commemoration of Africa Day and ended on 8 June 2020, were convened by the Peace and Security Department in collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission, to give impetus to the efforts towards campaign on silencing the guns in Africa. The Conference was also aimed at highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related challenges in the implementation of the AU theme of the year: “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”. Additionally, the series were designed to accentuate the necessity for partnership among Member States, Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, management and Resolution (RECs/RMs), United Nations (UN), civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector in the implementation of AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa (AUMR).

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<![CDATA[Communique of the 928th PSC meeting held on 27 May 2020, on the Impact of COVID-19 on Living Together in Peace ]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-928th-psc-meeting-held-on-27-may-2020-on-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-living-together-in-peaceCOMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 928th meeting held on 27 May 2020, on the impact of COVID-19 on living together in peace,

The Peace and Security Council,

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<![CDATA[Statement of the Chairperson of the AUC on the situation in Libya]]>/en/article/statement-of-the-chairperson-of-the-auc-on-the-situation-in-libyaAddis Ababa, 8 June 2020: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat continues to monitor the situation in Libya and takes note of the latest developments  which highlights that the unfortunate choice for a military solution has only led to more destruction and suffering of the Libyan people. He calls on the warring parties to ensure strict compliance with international humanitarian law, in particular by securing hospitals and schools and facilitating the delivery of aid.

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<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 926th meeting of the PSC held on 19 May 2020, on the update on the progress in controlling the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and its impact in Africa ]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-926th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-19-may-2020-on-the-update-on-the-progress-in-controlling-the-novel-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-and-its-impact-in-africaCOMMUNIQUÉ

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 926th meeting held on 19 May 2020, on the update on the progress in controlling the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and its impact in Africa,

The Peace and Security Council,

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<![CDATA[Communique for the 927th meeting of the PSC held on 21 May 2020, on the situation in Darfur and the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) Transition]]>/en/article/communique-for-the-927th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-21-may-2020-on-the-situation-in-darfur-and-the-african-union-united-nations-hybrid-operation-in-darfur-unamid-transitionCOMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council at its 927th meeting held on 21 May 2020, on the situation in Darfur and the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) Transition,

 

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2020-05-27 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-for-the-927th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-21-may-2020-on-the-situation-in-darfur-and-the-african-union-united-nations-hybrid-operation-in-darfur-unamid-transition
<![CDATA[Joint Statement by the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict ]]>/en/article/joint-statement-by-the-african-union-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-the-european-parliament-intergroup-on-children-s-rights-and-the-special-representative-of-the-secretary-general-for-children-and-armed-conflictNew York, 25 May 2020 – Today marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC). In this juncture, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, H.E. Smail Chergui and the Co-Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights, Mr. David Lega join their voices with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba to urge all outstanding Member States to sign and ratify the OPAC and fulfill the promise made to children two decades ago that they would not be involved in armed conflict.  The adoption of OPAC was a milestone and within the past 20 years has contributed to releasing more than 145,000 boys and girls from armed forces and armed groups and preventing the recruitment and use of more millions of children.

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<![CDATA[Commemoration of AFRICA DAY: Statement by Ambassador Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, 25 May 2020]]>/en/article/commemoration-of-africa-day-statement-by-ambassador-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-25-may-2020Commemoration of 

AFRICA DAY

Statement by Ambassador Smail Chergui, 

 Commissioner for Peace and Security

 25 May 2020

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<![CDATA[Communique for the 924th PSC Meeting on the Impact of COVID-19 on Children in Africa 12 May 2020]]>/en/article/communique-for-the-924th-psc-meeting-on-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-children-in-africa-12-may-2020                                                               COMMUNIQUÉ

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 924th meeting held on 12 May 2020, on the on the Impact of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the security and welfare of children in Africa,

The Peace and Security Council,

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2020-05-22 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-for-the-924th-psc-meeting-on-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-children-in-africa-12-may-2020
<![CDATA[Statement of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the recent developments related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)]]>/en/article/statement-of-the-chairperson-of-african-union-commission-on-the-the-recent-developments-related-to-the-grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam-gerdAddis Ababa, 22 May 2020: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, welcomes the recent developments related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and commends the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of Sudan for agreeing to resume technical level engagements through their Water Ministers to resolve outstanding differences and reach an amicable solution. 

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2020-05-22 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-of-the-chairperson-of-african-union-commission-on-the-the-recent-developments-related-to-the-grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam-gerd
<![CDATA[Communique of the meeting of the Contact Group on Libya, 19 May 2020]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-meeting-of-the-contact-group-on-libya-19-may-20201. At the invitation of the President of the Republic of The Congo and Chairman of the African Union High Level Committee on Libya and of the Contact Group, the members of the Contact Group of the High Level Committee, namely: H.E Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and Current Chairman of the African Union, , H.E Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E Abdelaziz Djerrad, Prime Minister  of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E Mahamet Zene Cherif, Minister of Foreign Affairs  des Affaires Etrangères, the Republic of Chad, considered the situation in Libya.

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<![CDATA[MEET THE AFRICAN YOUTH AMBASSADORS FOR PEACE]]>/en/article/meet-the-african-youth-ambassadors-for-peaceIntroduction

In September 2018, the Peace and Security Department (PSD) of the African Union Commission (AUC) launched the Youth for Peace (Y4P) Africa program with the primary
objective of facilitating the meaningful participation of African youth in all spectrums of Peace and Security and dissuading their participation in violence. At the 807th meeting of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), which doubled as the inaugural open session on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) in November 2018, the PSC requested the Commission to appoint five (5) regional African Youth Ambassadors for Peace (AYAP) to work with the AU Youth Envoy in championing the promotion of peace and security on the continent. In tandem with the communiqué of the 807th meeting of the PSC, the Y4P Africa program in collaboration with the RECs/RMs and the AU Youth Envoy launched a call for application to all African youth and afterwards shortlisted 15 applicants, three (3) from each of the five (5) regions of Africa for a training and assessment workshop in November 2019. The training and assessment workshop provided a platform to sensitize the 15 applicants on the AU normative frameworks and operations on peace and security and also accorded an opportunity for the RECs/RMs, AUC and development partners to assess the capacity and competence of the youth, a development that facilitated the selection of one AYAP per region. The selected AYAPs were presented to the PSC at its second open session on YPS in November 2019 for consideration and approval. Subsequently, on recommendation by the PSC, the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments held in February 2020 endorsed the appointment of the AYAPs. In collaboration with the relevant RECs/RMs and AU, the AYAPs are elected for a two-year non-renewable tenure and are mandated to advocate and promote the mainstreaming and inclusion of young Africans in peace and security by amplifying their contributions and resilience, challenges and encouraging policy and programmatic actions to address the challenges and enhance their contributions. 

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<![CDATA[ Communiqué of the 923rd online meeting of the PSC on the situation in Somalia and renewal of AMISOM mandate, Thursday 7 May 2020]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-923rd-online-meeting-of-the-psc-on-the-situation-in-somalia-and-renewal-of-amisom-mandate-thursday-7-may-2020COMMUNIQUE

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 923rd meeting held on 7 may 2020, on the Situation in Somalia and Renewal of the Mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM):

 

The Peace and Security Council,

Noting the remarks made by the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the AU and Chairperson of the PSC for May 2020, H.E, Ambassador Professor Mafa Sejanamane, as well as the statement made by the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, the briefing provided by Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, and the statements made by the representatives of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)  and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU);

Further noting the Report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the situation in Somalia and renewal of AMISOM mandate;

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on the situation in Somalia and AMISOM, particularly Communique [PSC/PR/COMM(CMXI)], adopted at is 911th meeting held on 24 February 2020; Communique [PSC/PR/COMM.1(CMI)] adopted at its 901st meeting held on 13 December 2019; Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(DCCCLXV)] adopted at its 865th meeting held on 7 August 2019; and Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.1(DCCCXLVIII)] adopted at its 848th meeting held on 9 May 2019, as well as UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2472 (2019) of 31 May 2019.

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2020-05-18 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-923rd-online-meeting-of-the-psc-on-the-situation-in-somalia-and-renewal-of-amisom-mandate-thursday-7-may-2020
<![CDATA[Statement of the Chairperson of The African Union Commission (AUC) on the landmark arrest of Félicien Kabuga ]]>/en/article/statement-of-the-chairperson-of-the-african-union-commission-auc-on-the-landmark-arrest-of-felicien-kabugaAddis Ababa, Ethiopia, 18 May 2020: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission,Moussa Faki Mahamat welcomes the news of the  landmark arrest of Félicien Kabuga, considered to be  the financier of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994. Kabuga was arrested in France on 16 May 2020 after 23 years on the run from justice.

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2020-05-18 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-of-the-chairperson-of-the-african-union-commission-auc-on-the-landmark-arrest-of-felicien-kabuga
<![CDATA[Communique of the 922nd PSC Meeting held on 6 May 2020, on the spread, control and implications of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Africa ]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-922nd-psc-meeting-held-on-6-may-2020-on-the-spread-control-and-implications-of-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-in-africaCOMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 922nd meeting held on 6 May 2020, on the spread, control and implications of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Africa,

The Peace and Security Council,

Noting the opening remarks made by the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the AU and PSC Chairperson for the month of May 2020, H.E. Ambassador Professor Mafa Sejanamane, as well as the update on the spread, control and implications of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Africa that was provided by the Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa-CDC), Dr. John Nkengasong;

Deeply concerned about the continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the African Continent and all its attendant peace and security ramifications, as well as socio-economic impact in the Member States;   

Acknowledging the relentless efforts being deployed by the AU Commission through  the Africa-CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs), as well as the private sector, philanthropists and civil society organizations, in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the efforts being deployed by the AU Chairperson and President of the Republic of South Africa H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa;

Also acknowledging the positive results of necessary measures being implemented by Member States to effectively prevent the spread of the pandemic, including testing, contact tracing and treatment of people infected by the COVID-19, as well as lockdowns and enforcement of personal hygiene practices; 

Mindful of the importance of ensuring that no efforts are spared in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic until it is completely eradicated from the Continent and the need for Member States to build the necessary resilience and capacity to fight similar future pandemics;

Also mindful of the strategic partnership that exists between the AU and the United Nations,  particularly the AU PSC and the UN Security Council (UNSC) in the area of peace and security in Africa, especially the primary responsibility of the Security Council of promoting international peace and security as stipulated in the UN Charter;

Recalling all its previous decisions on COVID-19 pandemic, including Communique [PSC/PR/COMM. (CMXXI)], adopted at its 921st meeting held on 28 April 2020;

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2020-05-12 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-922nd-psc-meeting-held-on-6-may-2020-on-the-spread-control-and-implications-of-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-in-africa
<![CDATA[Press Release: Signing of Agreements between the African Union and the People’s Republic of China]]>/en/article/press-release-signing-of-agreements-between-the-african-union-and-the-people-s-republic-of-chinaAddis Ababa, 8 May 2020: The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, H.E. Ambassador Smail Chergui, and the Head of Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the AU, H.E. Ambassador Liu Yuxi, signed at the AU Headquarters, two (2) Agreements for the provision by China of equipment to support the enhancement of the African Standby Force (ASF), the Group of the 5 countries fighting the Armed Terrorist Groups in the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad), as well as Mozambique, South Sudan and Tanzania. This donation is in the framework of the long-standing partnership between the African Union and the People’s Republic of China in the domain of peace and security in the Continent.

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2020-05-10 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-signing-of-agreements-between-the-african-union-and-the-people-s-republic-of-china