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ADDIS ABEBA,26 July 2012-07-26

Commissioners,

I extend a warm welcome to you,at the second meeting of the African commission on Nuclear Energy(AFCONE).Although we have a full agenda for this one day meeting,through our collective efforts we will have a most productive meeting.

We thank the AU commission for the inspiring words of welcome,and thank the department of peace and security,for their dedication and assistance in facilitation the work of AFCONE.

The presence of those observing our meeting is much appreciated,as your involvement with the mandate and activities of AFCONE are dispensible.

Commissioners,

Since our first meeting held on 4 may 2011,Progress has been made to operationalise AFCONE,and the voice of AFCONE has been heard in varios multilateral meetings.

In this regards,I am pleased to report that steady progress in being made with the negotiations on the agreement with South Africa on the hosting of AFCONE.The formal establishment of the AFCONE Head quarters will also be guided by the agreed budget of AFCONE,and the appointment of the Executive secretary and staff.

Pending the formal establishment of the AFCONE Head quarters in South Africa,the functioning of AFCONE,and spacifically its secretariat,should not be hampered by this temporary absence of a physical office in South Africa.

You will appreciate that the finalisation of this essue willtake some time as strict regulatory processes need to be followed in the interim,office space for AFCONE can be provided at the AU commission until the formal opening of the AFCONE Head quarters take place.

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