Zambia : assumes chairmanship of AU peace and security body

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu and African Union chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat (left) confer at State House in Lusaka. © ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

Casablanca (ADV) – Zambia has assumed the Chairmanship for the African Union Peace and Security Council for the month of August.

This is the second time that Zambia will be chairing the Peace and Security Council, organ of the African Union in charge of peace and security, since becoming a member of the council three years ago.

Following consultations and green light from government, the Zambia Mission presented the items on the agenda in July this year, which have since been approved for discussion in the month of August by the Peace and Security Council.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Susan Sikaneta who is chairing the meetings on behalf of Zambia said some of the items on the agenda, to be discussed include the preparation for the Amnesty Month in relation to silencing the guns on the continent by 2020, and embracing the values of governance and democracy through the review of the AU Charter on Democracy, elections and Human Rights.

On the preparation for the Amnesty Month, Ms. Sikaneta said this was an important programme because there are many illegal weapons and arms that were in circulation on the African continent.

“These are weapons that are used by terrorists groups, and weapons that are used in all manner of conflicts on the continent. Our heads of States and Governments decided that the month of September should be observed as a month for surrendering illegal weapons.”Ms. Sikaneta said.

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