This Week in Africa: AU Summit Discusses Libya

Malabo,  (Prensa Latina) A summit meeting of the African Union (AU) rejected an international warrant for the arrest of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

An AU resolution called for peace in Libya and noted that AU member states would not cooperate with the arrest of Gaddafi or others people ordered by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The ICC recently claimed that the arrest warrant for Gaddafi, his son Saif Al-Islam and Intelligence Chief Abdulah Al-Senussi had been issued due to their alleged involvement in the massacre of civilians during the recent anti-government uprising.

The African leaders also agreed to continue their efforts to find a negotiated political solution and to hold inclusive dialogue to achieve peace in Libya.

The AU resolution noted that the objective was to end the current armed crisis, to protect the civilian population with humanitarian aid and to promote democracy, respect for legality and the exercise of good governance.

The AU heads of state and government also discussed topics such as the training of young people in Africa, which has a population of more than one billion, so that they can contribute to their countries’ economic and social development.

The president of the AU Commission, Jean Ping, insisted on that issue, and noted the need to improve the economic and social conditions of young people in the region.

Precisely on that, the AU presented a project to create a Pan-African University, which would allow the continent to have a qualified labor force in economic and socio-cultural sectors.

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