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Somalia Troops Contributing Countries Call on UN to Reverse Troop Withdraw Resolution

The leaders have described as ‘unrealistic’ any attempts to withdraw their troops under AMISOM by 2020 despite a resolution by the UN Security Council.

The role of these five East African countries in Somalia has been more of self-serving. If not, they have been “fighting” al-Shabaab for over 12 years, why haven’t they won?

BY HALIMA ATHUMANI | VOA NEWS

The five East African nations contributing troops to the AMISOM peacekeeping mission in Somalia have called on the U.N. Security Council to keep troops slated for removal by 2020.

The withdrawal of the more than 20,000 AMISOM peacekeepers from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, and Djibouti is slated to begin this year. Continue reading Somalia Troops Contributing Countries Call on UN to Reverse Troop Withdraw Resolution

FMs of Sudan and Egypt Discuss Importance of Strengthening Relations

“Brothers sometimes disagree but diplomacy always works on containing any disagreements. We have agreed to work together to strengthen the relationships under the auspices of Presidents Al-Bashir and Al-Sisi” – FM Ibrahim Ghandour

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour met in Ethiopia on Friday on the sidelines of the preparatory meetings of the 30th African Union Summit. Both ministers agreed that it is in both countries’ interests to keep their strong relations and not to be affected by any rumors or misinformation about their relationship.

BY SUDAN TRIBUNE

Egyptian and Sudanese foreign ministers vowed on Friday to work together to defuse tensions and remove any misunderstanding between the two countries.

Sudanese Foreign Ministers Ibrahim Ghandour and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry met on the sidelines of the preparatory meetings of the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Continue reading FMs of Sudan and Egypt Discuss Importance of Strengthening Relations

Eritrea President: Reforming and Restructuring the African Union a Priority Task

The existing AU structure is not in consonant with the realities of the continent.

BY THE MESSENGER

President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea has given a speech saying that the existing African Union (AU) structure is “a carbon copy of the European Union,” appealing for reforms at the African body.

As reported by the Eritrean state information ministry, “President Isaias stated that the existing African Union structure is a carbon copy of the European Union; it is not in consonance with the realities of the continent.”

“It is thus timely to restructure the African Union to ensure optimal alignment with the aspirations of the African populations and that is responsive to the changing international order. Eritrea is naturally ready to play its modest part in this effort,” the president added. Continue reading Eritrea President: Reforming and Restructuring the African Union a Priority Task

Regional Cooperation Not A Matter of Choice But Necessity: President Isaias

Eritrea is ready.

BY SHABAIT

President Isaias Afwerki stressed that regional cooperation is not a matter of choice but necessity and that reforming and restructuring the African Union should be a priority task.

In the interview that was broadcast live on national media outlets on October 7, President Isaias elaborated on Eritrea’s perspectives on the role that Africa should play in the unfolding international world order as well as on the significance of reforming and restructuring the African Union.

The President underlined that the African Union should not repeat the failures of the OAU to rise up to the aspirations of its constituencies in the continent in the thirty years of operation since its formation in 1963. Continue reading Regional Cooperation Not A Matter of Choice But Necessity: President Isaias

African Union is Scuffling for its Pertinence

One of the biggest hurdles and complexities the African Union faces after half a century of its existence is, it has no control of its own agendas.

BY SIMON HAGOS *

African Union (AU), formerly known as Organization of African Unity (OAU) is an intergovernmental organization established in 2002 to promote unity and solidarity of African states.

OAU was founded on May 25, 1963 on grounds of building economic development and international cooperation between African countries. It is worth noting that OAU was thriving in ambassadorial activities and border dispute mediations. Continue reading African Union is Scuffling for its Pertinence

Ethiopia Out of Control with African Union’s Blessings

In its decade of existence, the Do-Nothing African Union has little to show for itself. The uselessness of AU is evident not only in its political impotence and economic ineptitude but also in its steadfast refusal to condemn atrocities and rampant human rights violations in members states such as Ethiopia.

BY AMANUEL BIEDEMARIAM

On March 30, 2017, the minority Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) led EPRDF announced,

“The House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) has today decided to extend the nationwide State of Emergency for additional four months. The House unanimously voted to extend the State of Emergency after discussing on remarks presented by the State of Emergency Inquiry Board for its extension.

What is interestingly peculiar is the reason the regime gave to justify the extension of the state of emergency. Per Siraj Fegessa, Secretariat of the State of Emergency Command Post and Minister of Defense, the reason for the extension is due to “the existence of some people who occasionally strive to disrupt peace and security.” Continue reading Ethiopia Out of Control with African Union’s Blessings