Ethiopia: AU PSC extends mandate of AUHIP, underscores restraint in DRC

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has extended the mandate of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP) for 12 months with effect from 1 January 2017, according to an official communiqué released here Monday.

The decision, taken by the Council at its 645th meeting on 22 December 2016, followed a briefing provided by the AU Commission on the activities of the Panel, the communiqué said.

Also, the Council commended the Chairperson of the AUHIP, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, and its members, former Nigerian president Abdulsalami Abubakar and Burundi's former president Pierre Buyoya, as well as the support team, "for their patient and unwavering engagement towards the full implementation of the mandate of the Panel in Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the Horn of Africa, dating back to the establishment of the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD) in July 2008."

In addition, the AUHIP was requested to present to Council a comprehensive report on its activities as soon as possible.

On the current situation in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the "Council underscored the imperative for all Congolese stakeholders to demonstrate utmost restraint, as well as a spirit of compromise and a high sense of responsibility and to place the supreme interest of their country above any other considerations."

In the same communiqué, the Council called upon all concerned actors in DRC to remain engaged, in good faith, in the dialogue process led by the National Episcopal Conference of Churches of Congo (CENCO), with a view to reaching the broadest possible consensus, within the framework of the 18 October 2016 Political Agreement for the Organization of Peaceful, Free, Fair and Credible Elections.

"Council urged the DRC authorities to ensure protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as contained in the country’s Constitution.

"Council reiterated the commitment of the AU to continue to assist all political actors and civil society in their efforts aimed at reaching a consensus, with a view to safeguarding the progress made in the DRC at enormous sacrifices," the communiqué added.
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26 december 2016 16:45:43

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