AU Seeks Regional Response to Conflicts

Chairman Jean Ping addresses participants of the opening session of the African Union Peace and Security council meeting in Addis Ababa, July 14, 2012.ADDIS ABABA — An African Union summit opened in Addis Ababa Sunday with calls for the AU to play a more active role in settling regional conflicts. The AU plans to support military interventions in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali. 

African Union Commission chairman Jean Ping opened the summit with a call for African solutions to African problems.

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Zimbabwe: African Union’s Decision on Libyan NTC Noble

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Un CouncilThis refusal opened floodgates of criticism from various corners of the world. Some sections accused the continental body of being out of sync with the so-called winds of democracy that are currently sweeping through the continent.Others opined that the AU’s decision was largely informed by some African leaders who, like the beleaguered Brother Leader Muammar Gaddafi, were facing similar threats of being unseated by civilian uprisings in their own backyards.

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