Authorities in Sudan have launched a crackdown on Eritrean migrants – arresting those living in the capital, Khartoum, and intercepting hundreds travelling north through the country towards Libya, the launching point for smugglers’ boats heading for Europe.
Reports that 900 Eritreans were rounded up in Khartoum on Monday and that a further 400 arrested en route to Libya have been deported to Eritrea, come amid recent revelations in the British and German media that the EU is planning to deepen its cooperation with a number of African countries, including Sudan and Eritrea, to stem migration towards Europe.
The UN Security Council this week stressed the importance of strengthening existing co-operation between itself and the African Union (AU), a regional organisation described by a senior UN official as “the most important peacekeeping partner.”
Adopting a Presidential Statement, the 15-nation Council commended the increased AU contribution to the maintenance of peace and security and acknowledged progress made in ongoing co-operation between the UN and the AU.
The Council also welcomed the development of the new roadmap for 2016-2020 to make the African peace and security architecture fully operational and noted the recent reviews of the UN peacebuilding architecture, peace operations and the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on ‘women, peace and security’ provided an opportunity to build a stronger, forward-looking partnership between the two organisations.
The month of May bears particular significance for the African people. It was during this month in 1963 that the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which has now transformed into the African Union (AU), was formed.
The OAU/AU united the African people behind the common vision of eliminating colonialism and apartheid so Africans could claim their right to self-determination.
The Africa of 2016 is vastly different from the Africa of 1963. Within the framework of its Agenda 2063, our 50-year vision of the Africa we want, the continent is making progress and growing economically.
Egypt’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, hosted a consultation between the UN Security Council (UNSC) and the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Tuesday.
Egypt is supposed to head the UNSC in May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier announced, vowing to push African issues forward and put the spotlight on security challenges facing the international community.
The meeting held on Tuesday is special as it comes on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the first talks held between the two councils, Aboulatta said in a statement.
Daily News Egypt