AU committee meets in Abuja ahead of summit

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), an expert and plenipotentiary meeting of the Africa Union (AU), began Monday in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, ahead of the 4th ordinary session of the assembly of AU.
The head of AU information at the summit, Desmond Orjiakor, said the meeting, which continues Tuesday, was being well attended.
"I doubt that any country is not represented here, except maybe Seychelles that was affected by the tsunami, but I still need to confirm that, only that I will not be surprised if they are not here," he said.
Orjiakor said the meeting is a crucial prelude to the meeting of the AU Executive Council, scheduled to begin in the Nigerian capital Thursday.
The PRC meeting will, among others, take a briefing by the Chairperson of the African Group in New York on the Reform of the United Nations based on the Report of the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.
It will also consider the draft Protocol on the Merger of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and the Court of Justice of the African Union (Legal) as well as an Interim Situational Report (Social) on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and other Related Infectious Diseases, especially Polio Eradication.
The meeting will also take follow-up report on the Maputo, Sirte and Ouagadougou Declarations on Food Security (Rural Economy and Agriculture) and consider the report on the Status of Food Security Situation in Africa, among others.

24 january 2005 18:45:00

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