Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 April 2013

Welcome Remarks by the Commissioner, Peace and Security on the occasion of the Core Group of Partners’ Meeting, ASI


Welcome Remarks by the Commissioner, Peace and Security on the occasion of the Core Group of Partners’ Meeting, ASI


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Welcome Remarks by the Commissioner, Peace and Security on the occasion of the Core Group of Partners’ Meeting, ASI


Distinguished Partners,


Colleagues from the RECs,


AU Commission,




On behalf of the Commissioner for Peace and Security, I wish to welcome all of you to this third meeting of Core Group organizations in support of the African Solidarity Initiative (ASI). This meeting is happening at a critical moment, when the AU is planning the launch of commemorative activities marking the 50th Anniversary of the OUA-AU. The OAU was founded on the principle of solidarity, especially in the liberation struggle. I am happy to inform you that the African Solidarity Conference that you will be deliberating the planning process today has been designated as one of the key activities of the 50th anniversary celebrations.


Yet, I must admit, that the challenge of peace consolidation in the aftermath of conflict is enormous. The recurrence of violence in countries we have already classified under the post-conflict list is a clarion call for all of us to do more to build and consolidate peace, as well as activate our preventive capacities to ensure that conflict are prevented in the first place.


The launching of the ASI in July 2012 and the Decision and Declaration that followed was a testimony of the resolve of the AU to ensure a paradigm shift which has the potential of accomplishing multiple results. The ASI will not duplicate or seek to ascribe a new mandate to the AU. Rather, it will build on steps already taken by individual Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other stakeholders, as part of the overall strategy towards growth, renaissance and sustainable development. By promoting African solidarity and mutual assistance, we are at the same time giving meaning to regional integration.


As you strategize on what you will do to assist the smooth and effective organization of the Solidarity Conference and other thematic based events that are part of the overall Initiative, I wish to emphasize the fact that we can all assist in one way or the other. On our part, we would ensure a coordinated platform that brings on board all the relevant Departments and Specialized Institutions of the AU.


In order to ensure adequate preparations, we double our efforts, involve the key stakeholders, and build avenues for possible triangular partnerships and make the ASI a veritable niche for the AU. Key African countries should be identified and mobilized as “champions” of this process in mobilizing resources, though I am convinced, that each country in Africa can contribute something in kind to assist fellow countries emerging from conflict, in the spirit of solidarity that is at the heart of our African cultural values. In this regard, I am proposing that the Solidarity Pledging Conference should be organized in September 2013.


Let me use this occasion to thank some of the partners here present, who have so far funded some of the key preparatory activities of ASI.


The beneficiary Member States are anxiously waiting. If there is something we can do to make a difference in celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of the existence of the OAU-AU, it is certainly the transformation of the ASI into concrete results that will be a living legacy for future generations.


I wish you all successful deliberations and outcomes.


I thank you.



African Union Commission (AUC)


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