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Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:45 - Updated Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:45

ECCAS leaders meet as AU Summit enters second day

Malabo - The leaders of the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) are meeting Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, as the ongoing 22nd Summit of African Heads of State and Government enters its second day.

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Angola is being represented at the said ECCAS session by a delegation led by the vice president, Manuel Domingos Vicente.

At the ECCAS concert summit, the members are to analyse issues related to the decisions from the recent Luanda meeting that gathered the presidents of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, and Chad, Idrissy Debi.

The discussions focus on aspects relating to the situation in the Great Lakes region, with a stress to South Sudan, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that are experiencing internal armed conflicts.

The initiative of the Central Africa States session aims to find ways to revive the transition process in the RCA, adjusting it to new elements arising from the situation, with the meeting reviewing the possibility of ECCAS decisions to be endorsed to the AU, enabling the organisation to come up with measures that boost the definite resolution of the disputes.

As to South Sudan, the situation requires the international community, in particular the African commuity, to adopt urgent and firm measures as none of the two peace accords reached so far has been observed, with violence escalating on the ground resulting in people running out of resources to survive on.

The DRC situation constitutes the centre of greater instability, taking into account the concentration of negative forces that influence the situation both in the country and in the whole Great Lakes region.

After the ECCAS Summit, the session of the African Heads of State and Government, which is expected to end later on Friday, is to continue  with a public session at which the leaders are to consider or adopt the African Charter on the values and principles of decentralisation, local governance and local development.

The heads of State and Government are also to review the draft Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights and the African Union draft protocol concerning the Pan-African Parliament.

The agenda of the 23rd session also expected to analyse a set of reports on the activities carried out by the various bodies of the organisation during the last six months.

They are the report on the AU’s 2063 Agenda submitted by the AU Commission and the Peace and Security Council Report on its activities and the State of peace and security in Africa, including the activities of the Panel of the Wise and the renewal of their mandates.

Other reports being analysed include those from the AU Commission on alternative sources of funding for the continent organ and its commission, regarding the implementation of the 2050 Africa's Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM Strategy).

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