Cairo: An African Union delegation discussed the situation in Egypt with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday. The delegation of wise men was led by former Mali president Alpha Omar Konare and the meeting took place in Ankara, said the Turkish foreign ministry. The delegation was formed after Egypt was suspended from the regional group following the removal of president Mohamed Morsi.
Addis Ababa: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, took the opportunity of the meeting she had with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Central African Republic (CAR) and Head of the UN Integrated Office in the CAR (BINUCA), General Babacar Gaye, to launch an urgent appeal to the international community to provide the necessary support towards the rapid operationalization of the African-led International Support Mission in the CAR (AFISM-CAR). Referring to the serious security and humanitarian situation on the ground, the Chairperson of the Commission stressed the need for urgent international action.
Pretoria: In the implementation of monetary policy, the South African Reserve Bank faces a difficult set of challenges, given slowing growth and rising inflationary pressures. The Bank will continue to take the necessary steps to anchor inflation expectations and achieve price stability within our mandate of flexible inflation targeting. There are also a series of measures that the international community needs to take collectively to make the world a safer, fairer and more prosperous place for all. I wish to highlight three aspects. The first is accelerated reform of the global financial system. The second is continued reform and strengthening of global and regional institutions such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the African Union (AU), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The third is to promote regional economic integration, especially on the African continent.
Johannesburg: We, the African Union Trade Ministers and the Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of India, met in Johannesburg, South Africa on 1 October 2013 within the framework of the annual Africa-India Ministers of Trade meetings as set out in the joint statement of 21 May 2011. The meeting was addressed by the Chairperson of the African Union H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and was co-chaired by H.E. Dr Rob Davies the Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa and H.E. Mr Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry of India.
Accra: It is a humbling moment for me to address this gathering today on the role of democratic governance and sustainable economic development in Ghana, as the country continues to distinguish itself as a model for the continent. I salute the rich history of this great University as well as its sustained effort in pushing the edges and consolidating the liberal values of American society.
New York: We, signatories to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region, held our second meeting of the regional oversight mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region on 23 September in New York, on the margins of the sixty-eighth General Assembly of the United Nations. This high-level meeting was jointly convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The purpose of the meeting was to review developments in the region and progress in the implementation of the Framework, including benchmarks drafted by the Technical Support Committee.
Conflicts in small countries are often made worse by international indifference. In the case of the Central African Republic (CAR), however, the problem is a little different. There is a substantial international presence in the country, but the main actors are adopting a wait-and-see attitude rather than pro-actively engaging with the crisis. Meanwhile, the country is rapidly falling apart. Public services no longer exist; the formal economy has collapsed; child soldiers have reappeared; journalists live in fear; relations between Christians and Muslims have turned violent; and the country may be on the brink of a humanitarian crisis at a time when even aid workers are under threat.
Kampala: African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops in Somalia have halted capturing more territory from Islamic militants, a development security experts warn may reverse successes made in the lawless Horn of African country. Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, Chief of Defense Forces of the Ugandan military told reporters on Tuesday that the AU force has hit its limit regarding troop numbers, noting that expanding their operation would instead over stretch the soldiers. "We have been discussing this with the AU and the United Nations. We have really been stretched to the maximum and we don't think we can expand more in terms of getting more areas under control with the present force levels," he told reporters at the Ministry of Defense headquarters.
Addis Ababa: Though some successes have confirmed the importance and relevance of the Joint Africa-European Union Strategy (JAES), progress in some areas, particularly at operational and technical levels, has been unequal, a senior official of the African Union Commission (AUC) said Wednesday. “Serious difficulties faced in its effective implementation resulted in the fact that few concrete results were achieved,” Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Natama, Chief of Staff to the AUC Chairperson, told a joint brainstorming session on the future of the JAES, being held at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
On March 24, 2013, the Seleka alliance, having overthrown former President François Bozizé, seized power in the Central African Republic (CAR), unlawfully killing scores of civilians in the process. Since then, the Seleka have ruled with complete impunity; abusing and killing civilians, raping women and girls, and looting properties. Based on field research in April to June 2013, “I Can Still Smell the Dead”: The Forgotten Human Rights Crisis in the Central African Republic, documents the litany of serious violations committed against civilians by the Seleka since the alliance of rebel groups took power, as well as the response of the transitional government and Seleka leaders.