Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 October 2010

Ethiopia / Culmination of the Amani Africa Cycle on 29 October 2010





Ethiopia / Culmination of the Amani Africa Cycle on 29 October 2010



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 29, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The command post exercise (CPX) of the Amani Africa Cycle which started on 20 October will end tomorrow at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa with the President’s Day.


The African Union (AU), in a collaborative effort with the European Union (EU), initiated the exercise since 2008. The Exercise is aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of the AU Commission, through the Peace and Security Department, to deploy the African Standby Force (ASF) for an AU mandated multidimensional (with Civilians, Police and Military) peace support operations mission.


Amani Africa’s CPX is an exercise where forces are simulated, involving the commander, staff, and communications within and between participating headquarters – in this case, a mission and strategic headquarters. The exercise was designed to contribute to the validation process of the African Standby Force (ASF).


During the past ten days the event has been successfully conducted in the indicated period with the effective participation of the Regional Economic Communities (REC’s) as well as AU partners on peace and security issues. It is hoped that lessons identified during the CPX will inform further development of the African Peace and Security Architecture (ASPA).


The occasion will be graced by Mr Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Mr Jean Ping, Chairperson of the AU Commission and by Ambassador Lamamra Ramtane, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security. Ambassador Koen Vervaeke, European Union Special Representative and Head of the European Union Delegation to the African Union and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps will also attend the event.


Journalists are invited to cover the President’s Day on 29 October at 10:30 AM at the plenary hall of the AU HQ.



African Union Commission (AUC)


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