Communique on the Libya Conference in Berlin (AU)

20/01/2020 – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat attended a conference on Libya in Berlin, Germany, at the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel, alongside President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Chairperson of the AU High-Level Committee on Libya.

The conference, which invited international actors including all the permanent member states of the United Nations Security Council, had for its objective to assist the United Nations to unify the international community in their support for a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis.

The Chairperson reiterated the African position in support of a full and unconditional ceasefire, the respect for the UN arms embargo and the need for violators to face sanctions, and the return to an inclusive Libyan-led and owned political process that includes an effective follow-up monitoring mechanism.

The African Union High Level Committee on Libya, established in 2011, is expected to convene a follow up meeting in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 30 January 2020, to study the evolution of the situation in Libya, ahead of the February 2020 AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Al-Shabaab attacks military base used by U.S. forces in Kenya

05/01/2020 – Al-Shabaab said in a statement that an “elite group of soldiers” dubbed the Martyrdom Brigade launched a raid on the base in Manda Bay in Lamu Kenya, some 500 kilometres from Nairobi and close to the Somali border. Continuer à lire … « Al-Shabaab attacks military base used by U.S. forces in Kenya »

Africa Union (AU)- Declaration of the 12th Ordinary Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security, Cairo, Egypt 19 December 2019

  1. We, the members of the Specialized Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security (STCDSS) of the African Union (AU) met at the 12th Meeting in Cairo, Egypt and considered the Conclusions of the African Chiefs of Defence Staff and Heads of Safety and Security (ACDSS).
  2. Our meeting was preceded by the 15th Meeting of the ACDSS, held respectively from 18 December 2019, and a Meeting of Experts held from 15 to 17 December 2019.

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Top Russian diplomat calls for African Union’s involvement in talks on Libya

06/12/2019 – Sergei Lavrov drew attention to the fact that many countries had expressed their concern about the memorandum of understanding signed by Turkey and Libya’s Government of National Accord on maritime jurisdiction. Continuer à lire … « Top Russian diplomat calls for African Union’s involvement in talks on Libya »

How the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago resonated across Africa

17/11/2019 – When the Berlin Wall was pierced on 9 November 1989, world attention was on Europe. But the collapse of the Soviet Union that followed resonated across Africa and globally. The 30th anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on these forces and their implications for Africa’s politics and foreign relations. Continuer à lire … « How the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago resonated across Africa »

Dialogue does not mean defeat: rethinking Africa’s stance on counter-terrorism

09/09/2019 – When neither opponent can achieve the upper hand in a game of chess, it’s only a matter of time before a stalemate is declared. In a protracted battle in which no-one enjoys the upper hand, the question is not if but when there will be an impasse. Chess is, of course, a world away from the painful deadlock between states and terror groups characterised by the loss of lives and social upheaval – but it’s a useful analogy. Continuer à lire … « Dialogue does not mean defeat: rethinking Africa’s stance on counter-terrorism »

Russia/Africa – Leaders of 35 countries confirm participation in Russia-Africa Summit — senior diplomat

17/07/2019 – About 35 leaders of African countries have by now officially confirmed their participation in the Russia-Africa Summit and more participants are expected to join in, Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Russia/Africa – Leaders of 35 countries confirm participation in Russia-Africa Summit — senior diplomat »