AU committee on Libya hopes to address crisis

A high level AU committee, which includes President Jacob Zuma, wants to review regional and international efforts to address the situation in Libya.

President Jacob Zuma arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the African Union (AU) high level committee on Libya on Tuesday.

The presidency said in statement that the meeting was convened by the chairperson of the AU, President Idriss Deby Itno, to review the evolution of the situation in Libya and the regional and international efforts aimed at addressing it.

Libya continues to reel under a deep political crisis, five years after the ousting and killing of Muammar Gaddafi.

Members of the AU high level committee on Libya included Algeria, the Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Mauritania (chair), Niger, South Africa and Uganda.

Zuma “will also participate in the Second Extraordinary Summit of the Volunteering Nations of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC).

The ACIRC, which was established in 2013, consisted of the following volunteering nations: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

It was introduced as an interim measure, pending the full operational capability of the African Standby Force (ASF), to provide the AU with a rapid military response capability with the specific objective of preventing emerging genocides, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Zuma was accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Minister of State Security David Mahlobo. – News 24

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