AU panel recommends inclusive approach to Darfurian problem

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Highâ“Level Panel on Darf ur (AUDP) has recommended that the continental body should sustain inclusive app r oach in its efforts to resolve the conflicts in the Horn of Africa country.
Handing over the panel's report to the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Jean Pi ng, Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, AUDP Chairperson and former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, said lessons would have to be drawn from the relevant co n stituencies in Darfur and Sudan, as well as from the rest of the world to resolv e the lingering conflicts in the region.
Mbeki said âœThe work done ⦠by the Panel⦠constitutes the most extensive a nd inclusive process of all consultation ever conducted to facilitate the resolu t ion of the conflict in Darfur.
" The Panelâ™s report is expected to be examined by the AU PSC before being prese nted to the UN Security Council.
AUPD was mandated to examine in details the situation in Darfur and submit recom mendations on how best the issues of accountability and combating impunity, on t h e one hand, peace, healing and reconciliation, on the other, could be effectivel y and comprehensively addressed.
Membership of the AUPD was constituted in July 2008 following an AU Peace and Se curity Council (PSC) decision on 21 July, 2008, for the formation of the panel.
T his decision was subsequently endorsed by the 12th Ordinary Session of Assembly o f the Union in February 2009.
Apart from Mbeki, other members of the Panel were Pierre Buyoya, former Presiden t of Burundi, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria, ano t her Nigerian, Alhaji Kabir A.
Mohammed, who was former State House Counsel and S pecial Envoy of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the Trial of suspects of w a r crimes and human rights violations in Darfur, Judge Florence Ndepele Mwachande Mumba (Zambia), Judge of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Maher El Sayed, former Foreig n Minister of Egypt and Rakiya Abdillahi Omaar (Somalia), Director, African Right s .

08 october 2009 19:17:00

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