The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has expressed approval of the African Union’s (AU) mediation efforts for peaceful resolution of armed conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic.
A release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday stated: “The Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago applaud the efforts of the African Union to continue to press for a cessation of armed conflict in Africa and in particular in war-torn regions such as South Sudan and Central African Republic.”
The release added that Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the African Union and High Commissioner of this country to Uganda, Patrick Edwards, attended the 22nd Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from January 27-31.
“Outgoing chairperson of the AU, Ms Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, in presenting the AU Agenda to 2063, called on all Africans and people of African descent in the diaspora ‘to continue contributing to defining the Africa they want in the 21st century’.
“On the issue of peace and security in Africa, Madam Zuma called for “the guns to fall silent by 2020” since the costs of conflicts and internal strife are too huge. She further stated that “efforts must be made to create a climate for peace and stability, including effective democratic and accountable governance, by ensuring development and shared prosperity”. the release stated.
The focus of the 22nd Summit of African Leaders was the conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic, which were declared by the chairman as “having serious implications for the peace and security, not only of the region, but for Africa as a whole”.
“All sides of the conflict were urged to fully implement the recently signed ceasefire and to cooperate without pre-condition with the mediators from the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to address the causes of the problem,” the statement added.