AU Peace, Security Council reviews situation in Africa
Addis Ababa, April 26, 2012 (WIC) - Angola has called a ministerial meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, to discuss the latest developments in the continent.
The AU Peace and Security Council member countries are thus to review the situation between Sudan and South Sudan, the coup d’Etat in Mali and Guinea Bissau.
The Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Rebelo Chikoti, will chair the discussions, having for the purpose travelled to Ethiopia.
According to a diplomatic source in Addis Ababa, the AU Peace and Security Council members will demand a stronger condemnation of the military that seized power in Guinea Bissau, even considering criminal action on them.
The source said the participants are expected to demand the immediate release of the interim president, Raimundo Pereira, and the prime minister Carlos Gomes Júnior, currently under custody of the military.
On the other hand, the AU Peace and Security Council is considering to work with the United Nations on the sending of an international force to stabilise Guinea Bissau.
As to Mali, the African Body currently chaired by Angola for this month of April, will assess the accomplishment of ECOWAS and African Union sanctions, in the face of the dilatory manoeuvres of the military junta in control of the power in the West African country.
The session is also expected to discuss measures concerning the instability in the Sahel region, given the proliferation of firearms, seeking a strong condemnation of the armed groups investing against the territorial integrity of Mali.
Regarding the situation between Sudan and South Sudan, the AU Peace and Security body will hear from the parties on the incidents at the common border, especially in the oil-rich Heglig region claimed by the two countries.
The session will be opened by the president of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, who is expected to focus on peace and security in the continent and the mechanisms to address the ongoing crises hindering the progress and development in the region.
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