AU High-Level Committee plans security summit in Abuja

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Members of the African Union's High-Level AU Committee will hold a summit in Abuja 30-31 January to consider a common defence and security policy for the continental organisation, Ghana's Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said here Tuesday.
Nana Akufo-Addo spoke at a one-day meeting of Foreign Ministers from Ghana, South Africa, Congo, Ethiopia, Algeria and Mozambique whose governments form the AU High-Level Committee on defence and security.
He said the Accra meeting was to prepare the ground for the Abuja meeting as well as elaborate on the common position of the fundamental issues of defence and security on the Continent.
Nana Akufo-Addo said a working document on issues relating to non-aggression, common defence and security of the Continent would be submitted to President John Agyekum Kufuor after the meeting for onward transmission to his colleague Heads of State forming the Committee at the Abuja Summit.
President Kufuor is Chairman of the Committee of Heads of State and Government established to examine issues relating to non- aggression, common defence and common security in Africa.
Members of the Committee are the Heads of State of Algeria, Congo-Brazzaville, Ethiopia and South Africa.
It also has Mozambique, the immediate past Chairman of the Africa Union as Ex-Officio Member.
Nana Akufo-Addo stressed the need for a consensus that would enable the AU to continue to strengthen its institutions and policies to propel the African Union for the future.

25 january 2005 22:47:00

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