PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT (PAP) CLOSES ITS SEVENTH ORDINARY SESSION OF THE SECOND PARLIAMENT
JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, June 1, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) today on its last sitting of the Seventh Ordinary Session of the Second Parliament adopted a motion on the current situation in South Sudan which was moved by Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi, from Namibia, together with a motion on the situation in Mali which was moved by the Hon. Agnes Mukabaranga from Rwanda.
On the situation in South Sudan, the motion urges international and national bodies to work with the PAP to put pressure on Sudan in implementing the UN Security Resolution, and going back to the negotiating table to resolve the conflict between the North and South Sudan.
On the situation in Mali, the motion strongly condemned all form of seizure of power by force and all violations of human rights that are being perpetrated in that country and requests the African Court of Human and People’s Rights to tackle the security issue in Northern Mali, and further invites humanitarian organisations to come to the aid of populations in distress.
Both motions were adopted by the house and it was agreed that fact finding missions will be sent in Mali, South Sudan and Sudan.
During the sitting, a report on Boosting Intra African Trade was also presented by the Secretary-General of COMESA, Mr Sindiso N. Ngwenya. In his report Mr Ngwenya noted that the economies of most African countries have been vertically integrated into the global economy on the basis of raw material supplies which has resulted in low intra regional trade in Africa.
He suggested that the African continent should adopt developmental integration which focuses on infrastructure development and industrialisation, further noting the need for member countries to cede sovereignty to Pan-African institutions so that they can enforce decisions made collectively.
In his closing speech of the Seventh Ordinary Session of the Second Parliament, the President of the PAP, Hon. Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi, said that the PAP had “demonstrated the stability of the institution by conducting a peaceful transition of leadership”.
He further applauded the outgoing President and Bureau of the PAP for their work in the amendment of the PAP Protocol. He assured the House that the new Bureau would work hard to see the transformation of PAP into a legislative body. “There is no honeymoon period for this Bureau, our work starts now”, he said.
He also pledged that the PAP will build strong relations with national and regional parliaments in Africa. The PAP will be “a strong pillar of support to the national and regional parliaments in Africa”, he said.
The next Session of the PAP, which is the First Ordinary Session of the Third Parliament, will be held in October 2012.
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