Zuma off to Ethiopia to dis­cuss cri­sis-hit Libya

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CAPE TOWN — Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has ar­rived in Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia to at­tend the African Union (AU) high level com­mit­tee on Libya yes­ter­day.

The pres­i­dency said in state­ment that the meet­ing was con­vened by the Chair­per­son of the AU, Pres­i­dent Idriss Deby Itno to re­view the evo­lu­tion of the sit­u­a­tion in Libya and the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ef­forts aimed at ad­dress­ing it.

Libya con­tin­ued to reel un­der a deep po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, five years af­ter the oust­ing and killing of Muam­mar Gaddafi.

Mem­bers of the AU high level com­mit­tee on Libya in­cluded Al­ge­ria, the Re­pub­lic of the Congo, Egypt, Mau­ri­ta­nia (Chair), Niger, South Africa and Uganda.

Zuma “will also par­tic­i­pate in the Sec­ond Ex­tra­or­di­nary Sum­mit of the Vol­un­teer­ing Na­tions of the African Ca­pac­ity for Im­me­di­ate Re­sponse to Crises (ACIRC).

“The aim of this sum­mit is to dis­cuss the sta­tus of the ACIRC Force fol­low­ing the con­duct of the Utulivu Africa I and II Com­mand Post Ex­er­cises (CPX) and the ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the pledged ca­pa­bil­i­ties from May 2014 to April 2015,” the pres­i­dency said.

The ACIRC, which was estab­lished in 2013, con­sisted of the fol­low­ing vol­un­teer­ing na­tions: Al­ge­ria, An­gola, Benin, Chad, Burk­ina Faso, Egypt, Mozam­bique, Niger, Rwanda, Sene­gal, South Africa, Sudan, Tan­za­nia and Uganda.

It was in­tro­duced as an in­terim mea­sure, pend­ing the full op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity of the African Standby Force (ASF), to pro­vide the AU with a rapid mil­i­tary re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity with the spe­cific ob­jec­tive of pre­vent­ing emerg­ing geno­cides, crimes against hu­man­ity and war crimes.

Pres­i­dent Zuma was ac­com­pa­nied by Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion, Maite Nkoana-Masha­bane, Min­is­ter of De­fence and Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans, No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Min­is­ter of State Se­cu­rity, David Mahlobo. — AFP

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