25 June 2012

Angola: AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Leaves Luanda

Luanda — The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Political Affairs, Julia Dolly Joiner, left Luanda Monday, after attending the meeting of the African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA) held from 20 to 25 June in the country's capital, Luanda.

Speaking to the press at the Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport, the AU official said that the meeting served to reinforce and review the implementation of the memorandum of understanding between the African Union and AOMA, signed on 24 October 2011, providing for good governance and human rights, transparency and social justice.

The five-day meeting discussed the memorandum of understanding, said Julia Dolly Joiner, adding the institutions will work with the action plan of the African Union to achieve positive results.

Julia Dolly Joiner also said that her delegation analysed with the board management of AOMA the internal situations of the institution and the chairperson may submit resolutions to the Executive for the implementation in the fields of promotion, protection and defence of human rights.

The AU official also discussed with the AOMA chairperson, the Angolan Paul Tijipilica, the matters related to the observation of the elections in Africa, taking into account that from now on the Association of Ombudsman will join the team of African Union observers.

The AU Commissioner for Political Affairs believes that the Angolan government will help AOMA in its plan, in order to achieve acceptable results.

Julia Dolly Joiner expressed hope that Angola continues to engage in this path to elevate the prestige of association of Ombudsmen and of continent.

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