Zimbabwe : Civil Society denies being snubbed by African Union
State-controlled media recently reported that Zimbabwe has been left out of the discussion agenda by African leaders at the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Such reports prompted a swift response by Zimbabwe crisis manager Nixon Nyikadzino, who stated that no accusations have been made by any civil institution, and that Zimbabwe simply wanted to get a statement regarding their issues with the Head of State.
Due to such pressing matters with Mali, which Zimbabwe acknowledges, it feels that their own issues must not be brushed aside, having their coalition government, created with the blessing of the AU, coming to an end. Zimbabwe, acknowledging the AU as the mother governing body in Africa , expects that matters to do with Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Sudan should be on the table at the summit, as well as the the civil war in Mali. In particular, Zimbabwe is concerned with having upcoming free and fair elections, and that ” reforms should be implemented before the holding of an election in Zimbabwe, so that people can decide on the draft constitution presented by COPAC in a referendum.”
AU to provide US5$50m for MISMA mission in Mali:
The AU is set to provide US$50 million to the International Mission Support in Mali , being announced by Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, the mediator of the Mali crisis. Initially composed of 3,300 troops, mainly provided by ECOWAS , the International Mission support in Mali is charged to free the north of Mali from rebels and regain the countries territory integrity. According to the AU , its support will include 4,000 troops which will be commanded by a Tanzanian. The force will be integrated as a ” Special brigade” of the United Nations for Stabilization of Congo.
Donors Conference on Mali : Africa and the International Community United for Mali
Meeting for a summit at Addis Ababa, the AU has achieved a major step in resolving the crisis in Mali. Including the US$50 million provided for MISMA, the AU has raised a total of US$453 million, aimed at bridging the gap to expedite the deployment of African led International Support to Mali. Dr. Nkosazani Dlamani Zuma, chairman of the AU commission called on all member states, the international community and partners to contribute to the established Trust Fund in the spirit of “shared responsibility , to generously respond to Mali’s call for assistance.”
The Donors conference emphasized the importance of restoring law and territorial integrity to Mali, strongly condemning terrorist and rebel armed groups for destabilizing Mali, whilst also suggesting the importance and need for mechanisms to be in place to avoid relapses, and to fight terrorism in a suitable manner.
To conclude, President Dioncounda Traore welcomed the efforts led by the AU international criminality and trafficking, and that by July 31st 2013, Mali will organize free, fair and credible elections.
African Union Unable to Bring Peace to Warring Sudans :
The AU summit in Addis Ababa failed to reach a breakthrough with ongoing negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan. President Salva kirr, and President Omar Al-Bashir met in order to discuss the implementation of previously negotiated agreements. President Kirr, called for immediate implementation of deals stating that the two countries should “go from rhetoric to action.”
At the time of the agreements made by each country in September 2012, the United Nations security council threatened both nations with sanctions if such agreements were not seen through, even though no deadline was implemented. However, the AU and AUPSC commissioner responded stating that sanctions are not needed, and that such agreements take “patience.”
Chairperson of the EU commission stated that the Sudan conflict poses a set of challenges “on how to celebrate diversity, while pursuing the goal a united Africa.” Negotiations between the two countries seem to be ongoing as the AUPSC extended the mandate of the mediation team, led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, until the end of July 2013. Delegations from Sudan and South Sudan are expected to return to Ethiopia in February to continue negotiations on implementing their agreements.