Listen to music while browsing


By African Union Commission (AUC)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 18, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is in Mali for a meeting aimed at resolving the Malian crisis. The meeting will be held on the 19th of October in Bamako and will include the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and other stakeholders. It will discuss the current political challenges facing Mali including the roadmap for restoration of democracy and dealing with the threat posed by attempts aimed at secession.

Before leaving Addis Ababa, Dr Dlamini Zuma explained the need for the African Union to be involved in the meeting. “The Malian crisis is a crisis that goes beyond the region and it has a potential of spreading to the whole region if it is not managed; and even to the rest of the continent. So it's a very important issue that we must get our teeth into... We had a discussion when I was in New York (in September) with the Malians, together with the AUC Commissioner for Peace and Security, and we agreed that the crisis is such that the African Union must play a more active role.”

The New York meeting, which was held on the margins of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, was hosted by the Secretary General of the UN Mr. Ban Ki Moon, who had invited all the interested parties.

ECOWAS, the regional body for West Africa has hitherto been the most engaged in efforts to resolve the Malian crisis.

Dr. Dlamini Zuma further added that the Malian situation is a complex matter because it has a number of elements to it; including the fact that there was a coup in the country. This means that efforts have to be deployed to return the country to democracy. There is also the issue of the territorial integrity of Mali which is under threat, and this needs to be discussed with a view to ensuring that the country's integrity ceases to be under threat. In addition, some people have been taken as hostages; and there are reports of drug trafficking, the AUC Chairperson added.

Resolving the Malian crisis as well as other conflict situations in Africa is a top priority for the Commission Chairperson who mentioned in her installation speech on 15 October that: “We will spare no efforts to try and resolve the conflict in Mali and the Sahel region. This crisis has the potential to spread across the region and even the continent. We shall be working closely with the United Nations Security Council and of course with the regional organisation ECOWAS, who has been dealing with the matter up to now”

By: akoaso -H-H

Guinea opposition leaders call for

Guinean President Alpha Conde speaks during a press conference in Conakry on March 17, 2015.  By Cellou Binani (AFP/File) Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Paris (AFP) - The leaders of the three main Guinean opposition parties met in Pa ...
read more »

Guinea president declares 45-day Eb

Guinean President Alpha Conde speaks during a press conference on the Ebola response strategy and post-Ebola economic recovery at the presidential palace in Conakry on March 17, 2015.  By Cellou Binani (AFP/File) Sunday, March 29, 2015

Conakry (AFP) - Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emer ...
read more »

Tunisia president admits security '

Members of Tunisian special forces stand guard outside Tunis-Carthage International airport on March 21, 2015 in Tunis.  By Fethi Belaid (AFP) Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tunis (AFP) - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said security "failures" had ...
read more »

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone delays schoo

Sierra Leone said on Wednesday that it had postponed by two weeks the reopening of schools, shut for almost eight months to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.  By Zoom Dosso (AFP/File) Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone said on Wednesday that it had postponed by two wee ...
read more »