World Bulletin/News Desk
The African Union (A.U.) on Sunday celebrated the 10th anniversary of the establishment of its Peace and Security Council (PSC), the continental equivalent of the U.N. Security Council.
Senior A.U. officials including Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission Erastus Mwencha, diplomats, representatives of international organizations and invited guests attended the commemoration, held at the headquarters of the pan-African body in Addis Ababa.
During his keynote speech, Mwencha said that although Africa achieved progress in terms of the maintenance of peace and security, much work remains to be done, citing the current situation in Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Mali.
The conflicts in the three countries are cases in point where the bid towards a peaceful, prosperous continent is being challenged, he said. “The continent must do something to reverse the situation,” he said.
Commissioner of Peace and Security Ismail Chergui, for his part, stressed the importance of enhancing and maintaining partnership with Arab League, European Union and United Nations to fortify the fight against terrorism and to boost peace and security in the continent.
Established in 2004, the PSC is the African Union's standing decision-making body responsible for the maintenance of continental peace and security.
It has 15 members, elected by the A.U. Executive Council on regional basis (three from Central Africa; three from East Africa; two from North Africa; three from Southern Africa; and four from West Africa).
Members are elected for three-year (five members) or two-year (ten members) terms, with no permanent members or veto power.Last Mod: 25 Mayıs 2014, 16:54