Ethiopia: AU, EU Peace And Security Organs Hold Annual Consultation

 

Addis Ababa, June 10, 2013  –  In view of the need for continued cooperation to achieve common goals, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the European Union (EU) Political and Security Committee will hold their sixth joint annual consultative meeting here Tuesday, with a focus on the remaining hot spots on the African continent.

The AU PSC said discussion at the one-day meeting would focus on Guinea Bissau, Mali/Sahel, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and the campaign against the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Specifically, the consultation, which brings together the 15 African Ambassadors of the AU PSC and their 27 EU counterparts in the EU PSC, aims to enhance coordination on issues of common interest and to highlight the need for further cooperation in the area of peace and security.

On the panel will be Ambassador Olof Skoog, Permanent Chair of the EU PSC; Ambassador Rachid Benlounes of Algeria, who is the current AU PSC Chair; and Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security.

According to the AU PSC, the meeting is taking place amid encouraging developments on the continent, including high economic growth and a steady reduction in conflict.

In spite of that, the PSC admitted that there remain several complex political, security and humanitarian crisis situations in West Africa, the Great Lakes region and the East/Horn of Africa, as well as the challenge of restoring constitutional order in some countries.