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African presidents meet over Gadaffi

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd May 2011 03:00 AM

THE African Union (AU) will on Wednesday and Thursday hold an extraordinary session of Heads of State and Government to discuss the situation in Libya.

THE African Union (AU) will on Wednesday and Thursday hold an extraordinary session of Heads of State and Government to discuss the situation in Libya.

THE African Union (AU) will on Wednesday and Thursday hold an extraordinary session of Heads of State and Government to discuss the situation in Libya.

A statement from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa yesterday said the session was a follow up to the Peace and Security Council meeting held in April.

“The session will be devoted to the consideration of the state of peace and security in Africa, in light of the challenges and crises facing the continent,” the statement read.

“The summit will provide an opportunity to review the situation in Libya on the basis of the work being carried out by the AU high level ad hoc committee. It is aimed at forging collective African responses towards their resolution,” the statement said.

In March this year, the ad hoc high level committee on Libya was set up by a decision of the AU Peace and Security Council.

The committee consists of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Mauritania), Denis Sassou Nguesso (Congo Brazzaville), Amadou Toumani Touré (Mali), Jacob Zuma (South Africa) and Yoweri Museveni (Uganda).

The committee also travelled to Mauritania and met to resolve the Libyan crisis.

Uganda was represented by ministers Sam Kutesa (foreign affairs) and Amama Mbabazi (security). Later, President Zuma travelled to Libya to meet Libyan leader.

Western allied forces led by France, UK and US have since March carried out air strikes on Libyan government forces to enforce the no-fly zone approved by the UN Security Council.

African presidents meet over Gadaffi

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