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AU chief wants political solution to Africa’s security problems

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The chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr Moussa Faki Mahamat, has underscored the need for more efforts to have political solutions for the security problems in the continent.

Mahamat was speaking Tuesday in Addia Ababa ahead of the 29th ordinary session of the AU Assembly of the heads of state and government, scheduled to take place from 3rd-4th July.

In his opening remarks at the 34th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union, Mahamat said the summit will focus on the renewed conflict in South Sudan and on Somalia, which is currently witnessing a series of attacks by al-Shabaab.

The summit will also consider the peace and security activities in Africa, look at the status of the implementation of Agenda 2063, as well as the establishment of a continent-wide free trade area (CFTA)

The PRC which meets before the summit is being held from 27th June to 4th July, and brought together all the ambassadors of the 55 AU member states based in Addis Ababa and key AU officials.

It will prepare the agenda for the summit with appropriate recommendations for consideration by the Executive Council (constituted by the foreign ministers of AU melmber states), scheduled to take place from 30th June – 1st July 2017.

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