Ethiopia: Libyan crisis dominates AU Summit agenda on ending conflicts

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday for the 29th session of the regular Heads of State and Government Assembly, which has been dedicated to the discussion about the future of youth and women, but with the conflict in Libya dominating.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the Vice President of Sudan Hassabou Mohamed Abdul Rahman, the Vice President of South Sudan Taban Deng and a senior Presidential aide representing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, were among the first batch of leaders to arrive in Addis Ababa.

President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, has also arrived for the Summit, which is expected to discuss the crisis in Libya, where three factions are claiming the right to represent the State.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu, the current Chairman of the AU's Peace and Security Council, also arrived to attend the Summit. He would present a report on the activities of the peace and security council organ.

Sources said the Summit, which has dedicated its High-Level Committee on Libya, to discuss ways of uniting the Libyan factions and coming up with a united front, was due to meet on Sunday, to discuss proposals to be presented to the Summit, when it formally opens on Monday.

The Summit will retreat into a closed session to discuss the report of the Peace and Security Council and its activities, which include the efforts to end the crisis in South Sudan, the crisis in Libya and the conflict in the Central African Republic.

The Summit has dedicated a huge section of its main agenda to solutions to end the spectra of conflict, which has been a threat to the achievement of its theme for this year, “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in Youth.”

Chadian President Idriss Deby, the AU’s Special Envoy on the Youth, would moderate the discussions on the theme, which would be followed by a debate by the leaders present on Monday.

According to Ibrahim Mayaki, the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, a specialized unit of the AU, the mass exodus of the African youth to Europe, was not entirely linked to absolute poverty. The youth leaving for Europe were able to raise resources beyond the reach of ordinarily poor or peasants to make the dangerous crossing into Europe.

The Summit would consider a report of the Peace and Security Council on a new roadmap to the implementation of practical steps towards silencing the guns in Africa by 2020.

The Summit will also receive a report by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on what the AU has described as the “thorny issue” of combating terrorism and violent extremism in Africa.

Congo Brazzaville President Sassou Nguesso, will present the report of the High Level Committee on Libya to the Assembly during its closed session.
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