AU Executive Council session holds under the banner of shared values

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -  African foreign ministers constituting the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) will start a two-day session here Thursday to discuss what their countries consider to be common values that they could share in enhancing continental integration.

African heads of state and government agreed to dedicate their 16th ordinary session to seeking a common understanding of the values that AU member states share and which should guide their actions toward greater unity and an integrated Africa.

On that account, the Executive Council will hold its 18th ordinary session here from 27-28 January 2011 under the banner of shared values.

The AU Commission said Wednesday that the ministers would review the draft declaration on the summit theme, 'Shared Values in Africa: for greater unity and integration', before it is sent to the AU Assembly.

The Council will also review the status of signatures and ratifications of the OAU/AU treaties, some of which are binding, and their entry into force would be a breakthrough for fundamental shared values such as democracy, governance and respect for human rights, the Commission said.

These texts include the Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and the AU Convention on Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs), which ultimately would have a significant impact on the humanitarian situation on the continent.

The meeting will also discuss issues of peace and security, including the Report of the Year of Peace and Security in Africa and the Report of the Peace and Security Council on its activities.

On the sidelines of this session, a Peace and Security session at presidential level on Côte d'Ivoire will take place on 28 January.

In addition, the AU ministerial committee on post-conflict reconstruction and development for Sudan, the summit of the East Africa Standby Force (EASBRIG) and the special summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will be held on 29 January.

Decisions from the Executive Council will be submitted to the AU Assembly for adoption.

Meanwhile, the AU has invited India's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Preneet Kaur, Japan's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Takeaki Matsumoto, and European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs to address the Executive Council.
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26 january 2011 12:20:40




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