Botswana urges African Union to reject military coups in Africa

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Phandu Skelemani

The government of Botswana has urged the African Union to remain firm and resolute in its rejection of unconstitutional change of governments on the African continent.

The call was made by the Foreign Minister of Botswana Phandu Skelemani as the General Assembly continued its general debate on Monday.

Mr. Skelemani said that the military coups in Mali and Guinea earlier this year are a sad reminder of the dark days of African politics driven by self interest.

"These developments seriously undermine the significant progress which Africa has made to date in embracing and consolidating democracy, good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law. We therefore call on the African Union to remain firm and resolute in its rejection of unconstitutional change of governments on the African continent and we implore the international community to give full support to the African Union in this regard."

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The Minister said that while Botswana welcomes the recent agreement between Sudan and South Sudan to resolve outstanding issues between the two countries, it is concerned about the fragile security situation between the two.

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