AU ambassadors discuss challenges

19:36, January 25, 2011      

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Ambassadors of the 53-member African Union opened discussions here on Monday on the emerging challenges in the continent in the new year, including the crises in Cote d'Ivoire and Tunisia.

The ambassadors constituting the AU's Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) began the meeting at the headquarters of the pan- African organization in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The PRC meeting is being held within the framework of the 16th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU under the theme: "Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values".

The official opening ceremony of the 21st Ordinary Session of the PRC was chaired by Isaac Munlo, Chairperson of the PRC and Ambassador of the Republic of Malawi in Addis Ababa, in the presence notably of Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the AUC, and the Commissioners of the AUC.

Munlo underlined the importance of the theme of the 16th AU Summit saying that the PRC will address core values as well as the rules of procedures to enhance their work and become more effective.

He also reminded his colleagues that this session will be his last session as chairperson of the PRC.


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