Addis Ababa July 03/2017 IGAD Council of Ministers has urged all stakeholders to Support High-level Revitalization Process of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).
The 57the Extraordinary Session of IGAD Council of Ministers held Sunday called upon AU, UN, EU, IPF, Troika, China and all other IGAD partners to support the revitalization process, according to a communiqué it issued Monday.
The Council called upon all parties to the ARCSS to seize this opportunity to revitalize the ARCSS.
It also called them to renounce violence and to develop and submit concrete proposals for consideration at the revitalization forum in pursuit of peace in the South Sudan.
Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Botswana was attended the Session held under the chairmanship of Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa July 03/2017 Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu held talks today with his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour on issues of bilateral concerns.
Following the discussion, Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said the relationship between Ethiopia and Sudan has never been strong like it is now.
He said the ministers have discussed the latest visit by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Ethiopia and the way forward to implement the recommendations.
They have also discussed about ways of further strengthening the economic collaboration of the countries.
Addis Ababa July 03/2017 President Robert Mugabe has handed over a 1 million-USD cheque to the African Union.
The Zimbabwean President handed over the cheque to AU Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, during the 29th Heads of State summit in Addis Ababa today.
During the donation, the President said it is a modest contribution and a symbolic step towards helping to end the donor dependency syndrome in Africa and in particular Agenda 2063.
He said "unless and until we can fund our own programs, the African Union will not be our own."
Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said the donation would be exemplary to other leaders to support the Union.
Addis Ababa July 03/2017 The IGAD Council of Ministers has urged the African Union to fill the vacuum created by the withdrawal of Qatari forces in order to expedite the demarcation and the delimitation of the border of Dumera and the Island of Dumera to avoid any escalation of conflicts between Eritrea and Djibouti.
In a communiqué it issued today, the 57th Extraordinary Session of IGAD Council of Ministers said it has taken note of the brief of the Foreign Minister of Djibouti, voicing the concern of his country regarding the new development of the border dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea that has been triggered as a result of the evacuation of the Qatari forces from the area.
The Council added that it has decided to remain actively seized of the matter.
The IGAD Council of Ministers held its 57th Extraordinary Session on the 2nd July, 2017 under the chairmanship of Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and Current Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers.
The session was attended by Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, and Botswana, it was learned.
Addis Ababa July 03/2017 African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said that the issue of peace and security has continued to be a source of great concern in the continent.
Speaking at the opening of 29th AU Summit, the Chairperson said that the existence of civil war in regions is increasing insecurity and destabilization.
“All these factors induce us to strive for unity and save the continent’s achievement in order to advance the objective that has been laid down in agenda 2063”, the Chairperson said.
The situation in South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, CAR, and tensions between Eritrea and Djibouti, and the difficulty in implementing the peace agreement in Mali are among the mentioned to be source of concern.
Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed for her part said UN will continue to support the AU initiative to silence the guns by 2020, including by strengthening support for African peace and security architecture.
This is an opportunity not just to provide alternatives to silencing the guns but also to keep human and natural assets on the continent, she noted.
She also commended African leaders for their commitment to self-reliance as reflected in their decision to fund 25 percent of the AU’s peace and support operations by 2020.
She said “we also welcome the establishment of AU peace fund, which will go beyond peacekeeping to support preventive diplomacy and institution-building.”
The UN has continued its efforts to enhance its partnership with Africa’s regional economic communities, on peacekeeping efforts on the continent as well as in supporting peaceful elections and democratic transition, she added.
During their two-day deliberations, African leaders are expected to deliberate on issues including peace and security, migration, youth employment.
Addis Ababa July 03/2017 The African Union Commission (AUC) has called on African governments to take advantage of schemes of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) to save the lives and livelihoods of the most disaster vulnerable population.
In a press briefing he gave yesterday, AUC Deputy Chairperson Ambassador Thomas Kwesi Quartey said the increased frequency of extreme weather events driven by climate change have increased the risk of hunger and malnutrition in Africa.
“The images we often see of starving people in Africa must stop. Chronic hunger, malnutrition and destitution across the continent are not acceptable. We must break out this cycle as there are modern financial tools which can use to help us respond earlier,” Quartey said.
According to him, AUC established the specialized agency, African Risk Capacity (ARC), to provide prompt funds in the event of natural disaster when and where it is needed most for participating African governments.
Senegal, Niger, Mauritania and Malawi have already been beneficiaries of the ARC scheme.
Currently, ARC has 32 member countries that have signed the ARC Establishment Treaty. But only 8 of these have actually participated in the insurance fund, it was pointed out.
The Deputy Chairperson said, “I want to see more African governments take advantage of the schemes as ARC it is theirs.”
Approximately two-thirds of the populations of Sub-Saharan Africa reside in rural areas and most are dependent on rain-fed agriculture and rangeland, subject to the vagaries of the weather.
The African Risk Capacity (ARC) was established as a Specialized Agency of the African Union (AU) in 2012 to help member states improve their capacity to better plan, prepare and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters; therefore protecting the food security of their vulnerable populations.
Addis Ababa July 3/2017 Foreign Ministers of AMISOM troop contributing countries met for a briefing on the joint AU-UN mission review Monday at the sidelines of the 29th AU Summit.
On the occasion, the ministers discussed on ways of enhancing engagement with traditional and non-traditional donors - US, EU, GCC, Turkey and China among others, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The troop contributing countries have also affirmed their commitment to AMISOM and peace and stability of Somalia.
Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are the countries that contribute troops to the mission.
Noting that AMISOM has been forced to withdraw earlier than expected due to lack of resources, they stated to draw AMISOM’s own exit strategy, if this is to happen.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations.
It was created by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council in January 2007 with an initial six month mandate.
AMISOM replaced the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace Support Mission to Somalia or IGASOM, which was a proposed IGAD protection and training mission in Somalia approved by the African Union in September 2006.