Harare: The biggest threats to Africa’s stability and security are terrorism and extremism and intelligence chiefs on the continent need to provide solutions on how to deal with the scourge, intelligence chiefs from the continent meeting in Harare have said. The intelligence chiefs, meeting under the auspices of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa, said in a communique after a two-day meeting yesterday that the public wanted to know the measures being taken to counter terrorism on the continent.
Pretoria: I wish to welcome you to South Africa for the convening of this important meeting which aims to enable Africa to act swiftly and independently in response to the urgent security challenges this continent faces. It would be recalled that during the May 2013 Summit that marked the 50th Anniversary of our continental organisation, the former Organisation of African Unity and now the African Union, we as Heads of State and Government called for the establishment of an African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises. This was aimed at providing a transitional mechanism while the full operationalisation of the African Standby Force and its Rapid Response Capability is in the process of being established.
Frustrated residents of the contested Abyei region that lies between Sudan and South Sudan announced the results of a historic unilateral referendum on Thursday. A new Enough Project report contextualizes the Ngok Dinka community's vote to join South Sudan and calls for the US and the African Union to take immediate action to help determine Abyei's final status.
Cairo: Egyptian fears have been rekindled regarding the spread of Israeli influence in the Horn of Africa, and more particularly the Nile Basin, following information obtained by Egyptian security agencies that Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria were attempting to promote Israel’s candidacy as an observer member in the African Union (AU). These states were also urging other AU states to include a discussion of this request on the agenda for the African Summit in January 2014 in Addis Ababa. Israel had submitted a request to the AU in 2003 for membership as an observer state, but at the time AU members did not approve its request.
Nairobi: We, the undersigned Kenyan civil society organizations, write with regard to the Kenyan government’s request for a deferral of the ICC cases. The organizations listed below have interacted regularly with victims and affected communities and have been engaged with the accountability process in Kenya since the onset of the 2007-2008 post-election violence (PEV). Given the above, we believe that abandoning the process of accountability would send the wrong signal in Africa and internationally. Kenya and other governments voluntarily ratified and domesticated the Rome Statute which established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to stem impunity internationally. The Kenyan cases were initiated by the Waki Commission, which investigated the PEV and recommended the establishment of a Special Tribunal to try perpetrators of crimes against humanity locally, failing which the ICC would be called on to intervene.
Kampala: The Ugandan government is critical of the Egyptian army's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, but still believes that the interim administration should be given a chance to restore democracy. "Uganda is against the unconstitutional change of government, but we also believe that the interim Egyptian government should not be isolated by world leaders," Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told Anadolu Agency in a phone interview on Sunday. "It [interim government] should instead be given a chance to restore democracy and the rule of law," he added.
New York: Hailing the success of the self-assessment mechanism agreed among African leaders a decade ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the peer review process has not only fostered more principled leadership and constructive national dialogue but has opened up more space for citizens to participate in the decisions affecting them. “The APRM [African Peer Review Mechanism] has deepened a democratic political culture among African Governments,” said Mr. Ban, opening a High-Level panel co-organized by the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, and the African Union on Africa’s innovation in governance over the 10 years of the review’s implementation.