Ethiopia: AUC chief challenges Executive Council on peace restoration

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has challenged the Executive Council, the second highest decision-making body comprising foreign ministers, whose meeting opened here Friday, to discuss new measures to end African conflicts.

In his maiden speech at the ministerial meeting to prepare the agenda for the 29th session of the AU Heads of State and Government Assembly, the Chairperson said continuing wars in  Central Africa Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Somalia, the Sahel and Lake Chad region, justified his new approach.

“The new forms of violence have shown the vanity of the traditional modes of promoting peace. A new approach is needed,” the AUC Chairperson said.

Mahamat said his analysis of the current conflicts showed the use of arms as a means to ending the conflicts were unlikely to end the conflicts.

“Dialogue, reconciliation and the search for consensual solutions is the only voice for peace,” he stated, urging the foreign ministers, ambassadors and technical experts attending the Executive Council meeting to consider giving more attention to his two-point approach.

The AU chief urged all organisations which share the AU’s efforts to end conflicts through peaceful means to support his latest proposals.

The AU would henceforth “resolutely re-orient” its measures geared towards ending these conflicts in the direction of dialogue and consensual steps rather than the use of force and arms.

The Summit, holding 3-4 July in Addis Ababa, is dedicated to the discussions over the theme: 'Harnessing the Demographic Dividend', which is a call to action on policies and strategies which have contributed to the neglect of the youth and women, leading to conflict in some cases.

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30 Junho 2017 19:58:49

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