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UN, AU To Vist Conflict Areas In Africa

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The UN Security Council and the Africa Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) have agreed to embark on a joint visit to conflict areas in Africa.

The duo, made this known in a joint communiqué, issued at the 12th annual joint consultative meeting in New York, recently.

They reaffirmed the primary responsibility, which is for the maintenance of international peace and security, and “affirmed the intention to consider joint visits of the Security Council and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to conflict situations in Africa.”

Swedish ambassador to the UN, Olof Skoog, commended AU and its regional partners for their cooperation with the UN, adding that “AU is a model for many other regions in the world.”

Skoog, said a strategic partnership is crucial for the two councils to achieve their objectives at all levels, country-wise, regional and global.

Members from the two councils discussed situations in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during their meeting.

Both sides said only a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan will bring sustainable peace, according to the communique.

In addition, they further noted that all the parties must urgently demonstrate a strong will to an agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan, to end the longstanding conflict in the country, referring to a peace deal signed in 2015 that has been repeatedly violated.

On DRC issues, the two councils called on the government, the Independent National Electoral Commission and all stakeholders to work together towards the holding of an election on Dec 23.



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