AU Summit wraps up in Addis Ababa

Summit participants voiced concern over recent developments in South Sudan, which has been shaken by violence since mid-December.

AU Summit wraps up in Addis Ababa

World Bulletin / News Desk

The 22nd African Union (AU) Summit wrapped up on Friday in Addis Ababa with calls for eliminating the causes of conflict on the African continent.

In the summit's final communiqué, African leaders commented on recent developments in several member states.

"On the democratic transition in Tunisia, the summit expressed its satisfaction with the establishment of a new government of highly qualified technocrats with no affiliation to any political party, tasked mainly with securing the continuation of the democratic process," the statement read.

On Wednesday, Tunisia's new government was sworn with Mehdi Jomaa as prime minister. The change of government is aimed at ending the political tension that has gripped the country since the assassination of opposition leader Choukri Belaid early last year.

Summit participants also voiced concern over recent developments in South Sudan, which has been shaken by violence since mid-December when President Salva Kiir accused sacked vice president Riek Machar of staging a failed coup attempt.

Since then, the conflict has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people.

Following weeks of talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), the warring rivals signed an agreement last week calling for a cessation of hostilities.

Regarding Egypt, African leaders "expressed solidarity with the Egyptian people and strongly condemned the acts of terrorism being perpetrated in the country."

Egypt has been hit by a wave of political violence since last summer's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military.

African leaders also voiced disappointment that the UN Security Council had not heeded their request to defer trial proceedings initiated against the president and deputy president of Kenya and the president of Sudan by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Summit participants also called upon member states to "speak in one voice" regarding the AU's collective position on the ICC.

Tensions between the AU and the ICC have recently mounted, with the pan-African body pointing out that the Hague-based court had only ever convicted one man – an African warlord – while all other figures prosecuted by the court have been Africans.

Equatorial Guinea is expected to host the next AU Summit in June 2014.

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