AU explains sanctions against Egypt

Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has explained that the sanctions against Egypt were imposed following the illegal transfer of power in the North African nation, rather than for any extraneous reasons as being peddled in certain quarters.

“The decision to suspend Egypt from the AU was taken by the Peace and Security Council (PSC), which constitutes countries of the region,” AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma told journalists Wednesday on the sidelines of the ongoing Afro-Arab Summit in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

“It is not a decision taken depending on the size of the country. It is a principle and the Egyptian authorities know this,” PANA quoted the AU Commission Chief as saying.

In July, the AU suspended Egypt from all its activities after the Egyptian military overthrew the country's first democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi.

“As mandated by the relevant AU instruments, the AU Peace and Security Council decided to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order,” the PSC had said.

However, there have been speculations that  the suspension may be aimed at preventing Egypt from joining the contest for a permanent seat for Africa at the UN Security Council.

“It would be a pity if we start to fight over a seat that does not exist. The UN Security Council has not allocated a permanent seat to Africa. I hope, as Africans, we worked to get the seat before we decide on who to occupy it,” Dlamini Zuma said.

She said the AU is working with Egypt to ensure a quick return to constitutional order so that the suspension can be lifted.
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20 november 2013 07:45:21

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