AU Panel to present report on Darfur to Jean Ping

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Highâ"Level Panel on Darf ur (AUDP) will Thursday present its report to the Chairperson of the African Uni o n Commission, Dr.
Jean Ping.
The ceremony will take place at the headquarters of the AU, in Addis Abba, Ethio pia, according to a press release from the AU communications department.
In line with the decision adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) at its 142nd meeting on 21 July 2008, calling for the formation of an AU High-Level Pa n el on Darfur, the Chairperson of the Commission appointed a number of African pe r sonalities as members of the AUPD.
The PSC decision was subsequently endorsed by the 12th Ordinary Session of the A ssembly of the Union held from 1 to 3 February, 2009.
The AUPD, which is chaired by former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, is m andated to examine the situation in Darfur in-depth and submit recommendations o n how best the issues of accountability and combating impunity, on the one hand, p eace, healing and reconciliation, on the other, could be effectively and compreh e nsively addressed.
In this context, the AUPD convened its inaugural meeting in Addis Ababa, on 18 a nd 19 March, 2009.
The inaugural meeting was followed by wide consultations with both the Sudanese and international stakeholders.
The Panel has now completed its work and will formally hand over its report to t he Chairperson of the Commission for examination by the AU PSC in due course.
In addition to former President Thabo Mbeki, the Panel comprises Mr.
Pierre Buyo ya, former President of Burundi, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Nigerian H e ad of State, Mr.
Alhaji Kabir A.
Mohammed (Nigeria), former State House Counsel a nd Special Envoy of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the Trial of suspects o f war crimes and human rights violations in Darfur.
Other members of the panel are Hon.
Judge Florence Ndepele Mwachande Mumba (Zamb ia), Judge of the Supreme Court, Mr.
Ahmed Maher El Sayed, former Foreign Minist e r of Egypt and Rakiya Abdillahi Omaar (Somalia), Director, African Rights.

06 october 2009 17:22:00

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