In January 2019, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is taking on the presidency of the African Union Peace and Security Council. The accredited Equatorial Guinea Ambassador in Addis Abeba and before the African Union, Crisantos Obama Ondo, oversaw the council meeting.
During the meeting, they looked at the report from the urgent meeting of the General Defence Committee, aimed at identifying and proposing ways and means to bring into force the decisions of the AU conference, and propose recommendations and a route map, in order to overcome the obstacles and challenges related to the harmonisation of the African Immediate Crisis Response Capability (CARIC), within the framework of Africa reserve forces.
The primary issue on the agenda was also the identification and proposal of ways and means to fully implement decisions 679 and 695, and make the appropriate recommendations, including the specification of a timeline and route map to guide the PSC on how to overcome the challenges of harmonisation of the African Immediate Crisis Response Capability within the framework of the Africa Reserve Forces.
Following intense discussions, the council reached an agreement on the term “harmonisation” which, in its opinion, and within the context of Decisions 679 and 695, led to the recommendation of the following route map and calendar, indicating that the AU Commission should acknowledge the nations for all their contributions in the promotion of peace and security on the continent, before the end of January 2019.
The AU Commission, through the Legal Advisor’s Office, will look again at all the current agreements between the AU and voluntary nations, and must send a report to the CPS on 31st March this year.
Another of the recommendations from the meeting was that of revitalising the structure of the African Reserve Forces, within the Peace and Security Department, no later than 31st May 2019. To do this, the Commission and the AU must call a coordination meeting for the month of June 2019, which will be attended by the Commission for the African Reserve Forces, the Planning Units for the Response Capability to the Immediate Crisis in Africa , and regional economic communities and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts.
The meeting concluded with the adoption of the institutional resolution condemning the attempted coup in the Republic of Gabon, and praising the intervention of armed forces from the country.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office