Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:50 - Updated Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:49
UA: African statesmen bet on silencing weapons
Addis Ababa - Heads of State and Government of the African continent are determined to silence guns and make peace a reality for all peoples, end the war, human rights violations and prevent genocide, according to the Permanent Representative of Angola with the African Union (AU), Arcanjo do Nascimento.
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Permanent Representative of Angola to the African Union (AU), Archangel of the Birth
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The Angolan ambassador was speaking on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the rotating presidency of the country to the AU Peace and Security Council.
The 793rd PSC meeting marked the official start of the Angolan Chairmanship and served to launch the month of September (until 2020) as "African Amnesty Month for the Delivery and Collection of Small Arms and Light Weapons".
At the time, the ambassador stated that the activity is a clear demonstration of the commitment of the members of the AU and its commission with the African Month of Amnesty and, consequently, with the silencing of guns in 2020.
The meetings are being chaired by the permanent representative of Angola to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Arcanjo Nascimento, also Angola's ambassador to Ethiopia.
Angola has placed as a priority on the agenda "the search for African solutions to African problems and, related to this, the issue of the financing by the countries of the continent of peacekeeping actions in Africa."
Under the Angolan presidency, the PSC is expected to meet at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the next session of the United Nations General Assembly this September in New York.
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