PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 71st MEETING

2007

Date | 16, FEBRUARY 2007
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

COMMUNIQUÉ

COMMUNIQUE OF THE 71ST MEETING OF THE PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 71st meeting held on 16 February 2007, considered the situation in the Republic of Guinea. The Council received briefings from the Commission and the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Guinea to the African Union.

At the end of its deliberations, the Council decided as follows:

Council,

1. Expresses its grave concern over the situation prevailing in the Republic of Guinea and its implications for peace, security and stability in the sub-region;

2. Regrets the loss of human lives during the January 2007 general strike, and in February 2007. The Council strongly condemns the disproportionate use of force and the repression of the civilian population and, in this regard, requests the opening of an independent inquiry, with the participation of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, in order to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of the atrocities and other acts of violence committed during these events;

3. Underscores the fact that the crisis facing Guinea is deep seated, and that it can only be resolved within the framework of open dialogue and consultations among the concerned parties. In this regard, the Council requests the Guinean authorities to take immediate and appropriate measures in order to bring to an end all acts of violence being committed by the security forces and facilitate a genuine dialogue among all the stakeholders;

4. Urges the President of the Republic and the Government of Guinea to scrupulously respect the spirit and letter of the Procès Verbal de Négociation signed on 27 January 2007, including the appointment of a new consensual Prime Minister;

5. Expresses its support to the initiatives taken by ECOWAS and its current Chairperson with a view to assisting in the resolution of the crisis. The Council commends the efforts of the current Chairperson of the African Union, as well as the initiatives already taken by the Chairperson of the Commission and requests the latter to continue working closely with ECOWAS and to intensify his consultations with all relevant institutions, including the United Nations, with a view to establishing the modalities for a sustained and concerted action aimed at the rapid resolution of the crisis facing Guinea, including through the establishment of an appropriate coordination mechanism;

6. Decides to remain seized of the matter.


PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 85TH MEETING

2007

Date | 08 August, 2007
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

COMMUNIQUÉ

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union, at its 85th meeting held on 8 August 2007, adopted the following communiqué on its working methods:

Council,

1. Recalls the Retreat of the members of the Peace and Security Council held in Dakar, Senegal, from 5 to 6 July 2007, to review its working methods;

2. Adopts the working methods of the Peace and Security Council as contained in the conclusions of the Dakar Brainstorming Retreat [PSC/PR/2(LXXXV)];

3. Decides to review the working methods regularly and to adjust them as the need arises.


PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 99TH MEETING

2007

Date | 09 November, 2007

PRESS STATEMENT

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 99th meeting, held on 9 November 2007, was briefed by Mr. Jakob Kellenberger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), on the activities of the ICRC in Africa.

The Council expressed appreciation for the continuous and enhanced efforts deployed by the ICRC to improve the situation of people adversely affected by armed conflicts in Africa.

The Council took note of the many challenges encountered by the ICRC in undertaking its humanitarian tasks, particularly the difficulties encountered to access conflict areas. In this regard, recalling the relevant principles on the respect of human rights, the respect of the sanctity of human life as well as the respect of humanitarian law as enshrined in Article 4, (o and m) of the Constitutive Act of the AU and Article 4 (c) of the Protocol of the PSC, Council called on the authorities of countries affected by conflicts to facilitate access by the ICRC to civilians in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Council further requested the Commission, in line with the relevant provisions of the Constitutive Act of the AU and the Protocol of the PSC, to take all necessary measures to enhance the relationships with the ICRC in the area of promotion of peace and security on the Continent.