Libya calls for African Defence Council

Sirte- Libya (PANA) – Libya is asking the African -Union (AU) Assembly to include the establishment of an African Defence Council in the agenda of next month’s 1 3 th ordinary session, according to an official document of the AU obtained by PAN A on Saturday.
According to the document, the Constitutive Act of the AU, the protocol relating to the establishment of the Peace and Security Council and the AU Non-aggressio n and Common Defence Charter, there are frameworks where member sates express the importance of common defence for the continent and the need to foil any external attacks against any of its nations.
The proposed item notes that this stems from the backdrop that defending any Afr ican country is closely linked with the defence of other African countries, whic h implies the defence the entire African continent.
The proposed item further states that this necessitates the establishment of an African Common Defence Council to become one of the organs of the Union with a p r ovision that its functions are selected and defined in accordance with a protoc o l to be designed for that purpose.

27 june 2009 11:30:00




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