OAU organ takes pulse of Africa's conflicts

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The OAU organ on Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution met Thursday in Addis Ababa in its 76th ordinary session under chaired by Zambian Ambassador Simataa Akapelwa and attended by new OAU Secretary-General Amara Essy.
A release Friday said the organ considered a report of the Secretary-General on the preparation of the inter-Congolese Dialogue billed for 15 October in Addis Ababa.
It was also briefed on recent developments in the peace process in Sierra Leone and relations between countries of the Mano River Union, as well as the recent terrorist attacks in the United States.
The release said that central organ passed decisions on a wide number of issues including the situation in DR Congo and the forthcoming inter-Congolese dialogue.
It expressed satisfaction with what it said was the positive outcome of the dialogue held in Gaborone, Botswana, from 20 to 25 August.
It also urged all Burundian parties to do their utmost to ensure the speedy implementation of the decisions of the Arusha Regional Summit, particularly the setting up of a Protection Force and Transitional Government.
It encouraged the government and the Implementation Monitoring Committee of the Arusha Agreement to continue efforts towards an environment conducive to the return of political exiles and their participation in the Transitional Government.
On the peace process in Sierra Leone, the organ welcomed what it described as an encouraging development in the peace process there, particularly progress in the implementation of the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme and in efforts to promote peace and reconciliation among the countries of the Manor River Union.
On the terrorist attacks in the US, the release condemned unequivocally the horrific terrorist attacks that have caused enormous loss of human life and destruction in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.
It stressed the urgent need to bring to justice the perpetrators and sponsors of the attacks and called on the international community to work in a more coordinated and determined manner to prevent and combat terrorism.

21 september 2001 22:17:00

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