The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU PSC) and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union (EU PSC) held their 4th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting in Addis Ababa, on 11 May 2011.
The timely meeting took place against the background of the series of uprisings in North Africa. These developments offer both opportunities and challenges in the areas of security, democratization, governance, accountability and inclusive socio‐economic growth. There is an urgent need to respond to the legitimate needs and expectations of people. A strengthened AU-EU dialogue and coordination will assist joint efforts towards crisis resolution.
On Libya, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011) to ensure the protection of the civilian population in Libya. They acknowledged that the AU Roadmap contains key components for a political solution and looked forward to the upcoming meeting of UN, AU, EU, the League of Arab States and the Organisation of Islamic Conference to discuss the next steps in achieving such solution.
Concerning Côte d’Ivoire, both sides welcomed their common approach and cooperation. They stressed the importance of supporting the authorities in post‐conflict reconstruction and development, justice and reconciliation in the country.
Regarding Sudan, the meeting looked forward to the emergence of two viable states, on 9 July 2011, that would live side by side in peace and good neighbourliness, as well as address the remaining common challenges.
The AU and the EU PSCs expressed serious concern with the situation in Somalia. They urged the Transitional Federal Institutions to ensure progress towards peace and reconciliation by putting an end to wrangling among themselves, and to implement rapidly a political programme of action.
The two sides also looked forward to upcoming EU-AU dialogue in the areas of maritime safety and security (MSS) and transnational security threats, especially in the Sahel.
Ambassador Lungile Christian Pepani, Chairperson of the AU PSC for May 2011, and Ambassador Olof Skoog, Permanent Chair of the EU PSC, jointly chaired the meeting, in line with the practice established at the first joint meeting in Brussels in 2008.