21 January 2013

Africa: AU's Permanent Representatives Committee Meeting Happens Monday

Addis Ababa — The 20th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee will start this Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a gathering that is to analyse the draft agendas for the meeting of the African Union (AU)'s Executive Council, to be held on 24-25 January.

The Permanent Representatives Committee is made up by permanent ambassadors to the African Union and it is assisted by experts. The committee gathers annually before the meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers.

According to the work agenda received by ANGOP envoys in Addis Ababa, the meeting will start with the speech of the chairman of the Permanent Representatives Committee, followed by the intervention of the AU Commission chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, culminating with the adoption of a report by the Permanent Representatives Committee.

The meeting is expected to discuss several current issues, such as the conflicts in Mali, Somalia, Darfur (Sudan) and eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The agenda also includes the celebrations of the golden jubilee for the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was founded on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, afterwards transformed into African Union (AU) in July 2002.

Angola is represented in the Permanent Representatives Committee meeting by the ambassador to the African Union, Ethiopia and the Economic Commission of the United Nations for Africa, Arcanjo do Nascimento.

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