21 January 2013

Africa: Nkosazana Zuma Regrets Resurgence of New Conflicts in Africa

Photo: Kate Holt/IRIN
An M23 rebel soldier.

Addis Ababa — The chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, (Monday) in Addis Ababa, regretted the resurgence of new conflicts in Africa, at a time that most African countries was eager for peace and stability.

Speaking at the opening of the 25th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (a body consisting of ambassadors of member countries of the African Union), the South African diplomat at the service of the AU stressed the reemerged conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Guinea Bissau and the Central African Republic.

For the president of AUC, the war in Mali and the Sahel, in which the continental organization is currently facing up, is a multifaceted challenge with implications for neighboring and continental regions.

Therefore, she appealed to member countries, regional economic communities, the African Union to continue to work together with a view to maintaining peace in Africa with the assistance of the international community.

Nkosazana Zuma stressed that she would like to make a balanced assessment of the achievement of peace and development, however, this cannot be possible because the continent has failed to move forward on both fronts simultaneously.

She also stressed that the assessment can only be effective when there is an active participation of Africans in governance and development through a broad mobilization of all sectors of civil society and the Diaspora, especially during the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Union.

Although these emerging crises, the leader of the AUC in her speech emphasized the progress made towards the operationalisation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) which can play a key role in managing these conflicts.

The South African diplomat at the service of the AU also praised in her speech, progress in Somalia, the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, and the crisis in Madagascar. Also spoke at the opening session the president of the PRC, Benin's ambassador to the AU, Ferdinand Montcho, who stressed that Africa continues to suffer the aggravation of the political situation and security whose persistence was aggravated by the economic crisis experienced by developed countries.

Moreover, sustained the Beninese diplomat, besides the social unrest engendered from a year ago by the "Arab Spring" in North Africa in 2011, the continent was also devastated in 2012 by a series of political and security crises in other regions, with emphasis to the coup, registered in March 2012 in Mali, whose consequences have evolved by the occupation of the north of its territory by Islamist groups and terrorists.

Ferdinand Montcho also lamented the coup d'état in Guinea-Bissau in April 2012, putting these serious events in question the principles of denial of unconstitutional governments, non-aggression and the African Charter on democracy, elections and good governance that states freely adopted.

Angola is attending the 25th session of the Permanent Representatives Committee by its ambassador in Ethiopia, the AU and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Arcanjo do Nascimento.

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