AU, UN to strengthen peace, security in Africa

New York, US (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and the UN on Friday agreed to step up the joint peace efforts of the two organizations on some of the major conflicts and security issues on the African continent.

PANA reported that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping, in a closed door meeting on the margins of the ongoing 66th session of the UN General Assembly, focused their discussions on existing UN-AU cooperation and on recent developments in Africa.

A brief UN statement made available to PANA in New York stated that Ban and Ping discussions centred on developments in Libya, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

It also said they deliberated on UN and AU peacekeeping missions in parts of Africa and efforts to restore peace and stability in troubled spots.

"Ban and Ping also held talks on areas of cooperation between the two organizations," it added.

Since 2008, the AU and UN have operated a joint peacekeeping force in the western Sudanese region of Darfur (UNAMID), while in Somalia, the UN backs an AU-force known as AMISOM.

The UN had also opened an office at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa to coordinate contacts between the two organizations.

The AU has an observer status at the UN.
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24 september 2011 11:36:10

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