World Bulletin / News Desk
The summit of the African Union's (AU) Peace and Security Council opened on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in Egypt's absence.
The summit is scheduled to focus on the situation in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Egypt. Council members are also expected discuss a report that will be filed by a high-level African panel on the situation in Egypt.
The AU suspended Egypt's membership two days after the military unseated elected president Mohamed Morsi – a measure taken automatically by the pan-African body in the event of unconstitutional change of government in a member state.
On Wednesday, the Head of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma lauded efforts made by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the high-level African panel on both South Sudan and Egypt.
Egypt summoned for briefing
Egypt attended the summit of the African Union (AU)'s Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa on Wednesday upon an invitation from the pan-African body to give a briefing on developments in the country, Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said.
"Egypt's membership, however, is still suspended," he told Anadolu Agency.
The spokesman denied that Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Hamdi Loza had travelled to Addis Ababa to submit a request for attending the summit.
"Loza attended the summit to present a briefing on the situation in Egypt and the steps taken to implement the transitional roadmap, Abdel-Ati said.
10 new members
The African Union (AU)'s Peace and Security Council elected ten new members on Wednesday, an African diplomat told Anadolu Agency.
Ethiopia, Tanzania, Libya, Chad, Burundi, Guinea, Gambia, Niger, Namibia and South Africa were elected as council's members for two years.
Tanzania, Guinea and Gambia were re-elected after serving as members in the previous term.
The term of the new members will start on April 1.
A powerful organ of the African Union, the Peace and Security Council is in charge of conflict prevention, management and resolution.
It is modeled on the United Nation’s Security Council and has deployed peacekeepers to Somalia and the Central African Republic.
The diplomat said that the Peace and Security Council will seek funds for its peacekeeping mission in CAR.Last Mod: 30 Ocak 2014, 10:18