African Union Rejects Pursuit of Presidents
Khartoum - The African concluded sessions Tuesday pledging to complete the agenda of 2063 which is preparing a plan for future development of Africa and the respect of the decision of not abiding by the decision of the International Criminal Court of arresting any African President a matter that confirms have settled dispute over this issue. The Presidents of the African countries and governments discussed in the two-day summit the agenda 2063 ,the issue of women empowerment, the political crisis in Burundi , proposals on the free land trade zone , the mechanisms for finding the new funding resources for the operations of the African Union.
The Chairperson of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini has defended the decision of inviting President Al Bashir of inviting the Sudanese President Omer Al Bashir stating in a press conference following the summit that Sudan is a member state in the African Union and it is always attending the Summits of the African Union. She added that Al Bashir has attended the summits of the African Union and he is always resolved to continue attending wherever the summits convene saying that the African Union operates as per its laws not the laws of the International Criminal Court. Chairman of the African Union Robert Mugabe who is also the President of Zimbabwe has voiced his support to the view of Zuma saying “Here is not the seat of the International Criminal Court”. The final communiqué stated stopping the pursuit of the two presidents the Sudanese and the Kenyan stressing the need for issuing a decision of the United Nations Security Council to stop their pursuit affirming the immunity of the Presidents.
The communiqué affirmed upholding the decision of the African Union of not being committed to the decisions of the ICC of arresting any African President and the summit was able to surpass the dispute over this issue regarding those adhering to the court and those opposing it. The communiqué appealed to the parties of disputes in Libya, South Sudan and Burundi to end the conflict asserting the importance of adopting dialogue to resolve the disputes over power and ruling out the military solution. The summit expressed concern over the conditions in Libya warning against the danger of chaos and convened all sorts of terrorism in Libya particularly the extremist terrorism by the Movement ISIS according the draft of the communiqué. The draft welcomed the cooperation of the African Union and the United Nations for ending the crisis in Libya hailing the roadmap presented by the international envoy for solving the dispute between all the parties urged by the communiqué on the importance of the dialogue as a means for solution. The summit has condemned the continual violation of the ceasefire in South Sudan denouncing aggressions against citizens and the continual attacks on the international relief agencies in the country.
The communiqué alluded to taking punitive measures in cooperation of the International Governmental Authority for Development IGAD against any party that disrupts peace efforts as per the United Nations Security Council Decision No. 2206 on South Sudan crisis. The summit expressed disappointment over the ongoing fighting and the increase of people suffering and it regret for the non-response by the parties of the dispute to regional continental and global endeavors for ending the dispute. The communiqué condemned the terrorist movements in Black Africa represented in Boko Haram, Al-Shabab Movement, ISIS in the north and Al-Qaeda in the Arab Morocco and Mali vowing to provide all its potentials for eradicating terrorism as it is a danger that threatens peace and development. The Communiqué welcomed the agreement of Sharm Al-Sheikh which was reached by the three economic blocs which will lead to realizing economic integration in the African continent.