Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 February 2010

14th AU Summit / Jean Ping: “IGAD region is the most sensitive today and a necessity for the future of Africa






14th AU Summit / Jean Ping: “IGAD region is the most sensitive today and a necessity for the future of Africa



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The 34th session of the Council of Ministers of the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) opened on Saturday 30 January 2010 at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the 14th Summit of the African Union (AU) scheduled for 31st January to 2nd February 2010.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission   (AUC), highlighted some of the conflict areas within the IGAD Member States such as Somalia and Sudan, which he said, needs more efforts from the member States to restore peace and stability in the region and more support from the international community.

Chairperson Ping deplored the attack by the Al Shabab militia on 29 January 2010, against the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the AU force in Somalia (AMISOM). He said the attack that killed three soldiers from the AU force “shows the fragile, unstable and precarious situation of Somalia.” The Chairperson of the AUC however expressed satisfaction with the initiative of IGAD to encourage an all inclusive dialogue and reconciliation among the Somalis in line with the Djibouti Agreement on the one hand, and the willingness to restore the defense forces and Somali security on the other hand.

On Sudan, Mr. Ping said that peace and stability in the country constitute a major challenge for the AU and IGAD. “The year 2010 is crucial as national elections will be organized in April and the country will embark on serious preparations ahead of the referendum to take place in January 2011 in southern Sudan. This will be a positive and very important step that requires more effort on our part,” he emphasized.

Meanwhile, Chairperson Ping explained that, the adoption of the Mbeki report on Darfur is another important step towards peace, reconciliation and justice in Sudan. He underscored the need to ensure the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between Northern and Southern Soudan and to enhance the political process in Darfur, saying that, this will speed up the democratic transformation in Sudan.

2010 has been proclaimed  the “Year of peace and security in Africa” by the Heads of State and Government.
(see complete speech of Chairperson Ping on the AU Website:



African Union Commission (AUC)


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