Zuma on AU Summit

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South African president Jacob Zuma has expressed satisfaction at the outcomes of the African union (AU) ordinary summit that ended at the weekend in Addis Ababa.

He said in a statement: “It was a success with regards to the substantive issues discussed”.

During the Summit, South Africa was re-elected to the AU Peace and Security Council for a two year term.

The Summit also discussed the security situation in countries such as Burundi, South Sudan, Libya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Summit did not take any decision on deployment of an AU peacekeeping for Burundi.
“The decision to send a delegation to Burundi to assess the political and security situation and to discuss the proposed deployment of the AU peacekeeping force with the government of Burundi is a step in the right direction,” he said.

On the decision to revive the high level panel on Libya the South African president noted it had worked effectively a few years ago and its resuscitation was welcomed. Zuma also welcomed the appointment of former Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete as AU special envoy to the troubled north African country.

The AU Summit also discussed Africa’s growing concerns with the manner in which the International Criminal Court (ICC) has conducted itself in relation to African countries.

In a discussion on the ICC and the Rome Statute, Zuma expressed South Africa’s concerns and announced that “our strongly held view is that it is now impossible, under the circumstances, for South Africa to continue its participation in the Rome Statute. South Africa is seriously reviewing its participation in the Rome Statute and will announce its decision in due course”.