Date |November 22, 2011

Press Statement

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 299th meeting held on 22 November 2011, was briefed on the latest developments in the situation in Egypt by the Commissioner for Peace and Security and the Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the AU.

Council recalled Communiqué PSC/PR/COMM.(CCLX) and Press Statement PSC/PR/BR.3(CCLXVIII), adopted at its 260th and 268th meetings held on 16 February and 23 March 2011, respectively, in which it noted, in particular, the profound aspiration of the Egyptian people, especially the youth, to change and the opening of the political space in order to be able to democratically elect institutions that are truly representative and respectful of fundamental freedoms and human rights.

Council expressed its deep concern at the violent incidents that occurred in Egypt in recent days, and deplored the loss of lives that has been recorded. Council strongly appealed for utmost restraint from all the stakeholders concerned, in particular the authorities of the transition and the security forces. Council urged all the Egyptian stakeholders to work closely together to complete the ongoing transition and ensure that it leads to results that meet the expectations of the Egyptian people. In this context, Council took note of the announced electoral chronogram, and called for its consensual implementation.

Council requested the Chairperson of the Commission and the Panel of the Wise to continue to closely monitor the developments of the situation and to extend every possible support to facilitate the completion of the transition through the election of democratic Institutions, as a follow up to the visits they made to Egypt in March and April 2011.



Date | 23, February 2011
Addis Ababa



The Peace and Security Council of the African Union, at its 261st meeting held on 23 February  2011,  considered  the  situation  in  the  Great  Socialist  People’s  Libyan  Arab  Jamahiriya and adopted the following decision:


1. Takes  note  of  the  statements  made  by  the  Commission  and  the  Permanent Representative of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya;

2. Expresses deep concern with the situation in the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and strongly condemns the indiscriminate and excessive use of force and lethal weapons against peaceful protestors, in violation of human rights and International Humanitarian Law, which continues to contribute to the loss of human life and the destruction of property. Council stresses the need for the people of Libya to spare no effort in avoiding any further loss of life. Council conveys its condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those that have been injured an early recovery;

3. Calls on the Libyan authorities to ensure the protection and security of the citizens and also ensure the delivery and provision of humanitarian assistance to the injured and other persons in need;

4. Appeals  to  the  people  of  Libya  to  work  together  to  find  a  lasting  solution  to  the problems facing their country. Council urges the authorities and the people of Libya to exercise maximum restraint and to put an end forthwith to all acts of violence and the destruction of property;

5. Underscores that the aspirations of the people of Libya for democracy, political reform, justice and socio‐economic development are legitimate and urges that they be respected. Council further calls on all parties, in particular, the Government, to desist from making statements that could escalate the situation. Furthermore, Council stresses the need to preserve the territorial integrity and unity of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya;

6. Decides to urgently dispatch a mission of Council to Libya to assess the situation on the ground;

7. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.