AU-UN partnership critical to security in Africa

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Haile Menkerios, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, addresses the Security Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Strengthening the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union is critical to achieving peace and security in Africa, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

Haile Menkerios, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to the African Union, made the statement during an open debate on cooperation between the two organizations.

The meeting marked 10 years of annual consultations between the UN Security Council and its African Union counterpart.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Menkerios said the UN and the African Union (AU) are increasingly working "hand in hand" to stabilize volatile situations on the continent.

He anticipated that the heads of the two organizations will sign an enhanced partnership on peace and security before the end of the year.

He added that the AU continues to implement its African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).

The framework was adopted in 2002 and stresses that conflicts are resolved through political solutions.

"Our collective challenge is to support and strengthen this architecture, particularly the African Standby Force and the African Union's preventive diplomacy and mediation capabilities. I am more hopeful than ever that efforts to strengthen the partnership between the African Union and the United Nations will remain critical to the continued quest for security and stability in Africa."

The Security Council also released a statement commending cooperation related to different components of the APSA, including on early warning, the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and post-conflict recovery and reconstruction.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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