AU, EU to strengthen cooperation in peace and security

Addis Ababa, November 18, 2017 (FBC) - The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union (EUPSC) have agreed to strengthen their activities in peace and security.

The unions arrived at this consensus at the conclusion of the 3rd Joint Retreat Session and the 10th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting on conflict, post-conflict crisis and peace consolidation here in Addis Ababa for the last two days.

The geographical proximity between the two continents and issues of peace and security are the factors that make them work together in areas of peace and security, Chairperson for the month of November Ambassador Cherif Mahamat Zene said.

Exchange of views on sustainability of financing the AU-led peace operations authorized by the UN Security Council was their major topic.

EUPSC Permanent Chair Ambassador Walter Stevens said the EU has already extended 50 million Euros support for Sahel Joint Forces.

The European Union is now providing 700 million Euros not only for peace and security purposes but for the re-stabilization and re-construction of the whole Lake Chad area, Stevens added.

Regarding migration, he underscored a comprehensive approach that takes into account all the elements from addressing the root causes to tackling the networks and saving lives.

According to Ambassador Cherif Mahamat Zene, EU is a key partner of AU in the peace and security. He remarked that the partnership should be enhanced.

AUPSC and EUPSC will meet early next year to continue the cooperation in the context of a joint field trip in the Central African Republic.

Source: ENA

Posted by Amare Asrat