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African Union

Report on the 10th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives

African Union

28 - 29 June 2005

Sirte, Libya

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Introduction

  1. The Tenth Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives' Committee (PRC) was held at the Headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 15 to 22 June 2005, and in Sirte, Libya from 28 to 30 June 2005, chaired by Mr. Olusegun Akinsanya, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairperson of the Committee.


  2. The following Member States of the Committee attended: Algeria, Angola, Bénin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, SADR, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, The Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The list of Participants is attached as an annex.
  1. Opening Ceremony
  1. The Chairperson of the PRC welcomed all the delegations and members of the Commission, and declared the deliberations of the Tenth Ordinary Session of the Committee open. He then indicated that the Agenda proposed by the Commission did not meet the expectations of all the delegations in so far as the Committee was to begin consideration of all the items on its Agenda, supported by the different reports based on the agenda items that had been previously considered.


  2. Following this intervention, the Cameroonian delegation requested that the PRC observe a minute of silence in memory of the late Nzo Ekangaki, former Secretary General of the OAU, who passed away in Cameroon on 3 June 2005. The Chairperson of the PRC intimated that the Committee had not received any prior information about the death of the former Secretary General. He paid tribute to the deceased, then invited the meeting to observe a minute's silence in his memory.


  3. The Chairperson of the PRC subsequently invited the Ambassador of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mr. Ali A. Awidan, to provide additional information on the logistical and other arrangements made by his country within the framework of the organization in Libya of the Fifth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union. Mr. Ali A. Awidan pointed out that his intervention was in addition to the information already provided by the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission following his visit to Libya. He said that in view of the constraints in Libya, the delegations were requested to limit the number of participants in the deliberations of the Assembly. He intimated that Libya was in the process of considering, together with the Commission, the possibility of reducing the number of invitations. While hoping that delegations would be cut down, the Ambassador of Libya stressed that the principle of high-level representation should be respected. He informed the PRC that participants who so wished could obtain their visas beforehand, and that concerning transport, he was liaising with the Libyan authorities to organize a chartered flight for the staff of the Commission and delegates traveling from Addis Ababa.


  4. After thanking Ambassador Awidan for his presentation, members of the PRC asked for clarifications. The Ambassador was principally requested to provide details on which meetings would be held in Tripoli and which ones in Sirte. Other details were requested on the procedure for the issuing of identity cards, the number of persons expected by the Libyan authorities for the different meetings (PRC, Executive Council, and Assembly), shuttles from Tripoli to Sirte, and the information brochure to be distributed to delegations. At the end of discussions, the Chairperson of the PRC indicated that there were still many issues to be clarified and proposed that an update of information on the preparations for the Assembly in Libya be provided once again during the deliberations of the PRC.
  1. Organization of Work
  1. Committee adopted the following working hours:
    Morning: 10.00hours - 13.00hours
    Afternoon: 15.00hours - 19.00hours
  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  1. The PRC considered and adopted the Agenda, which is attached to the present report.
  1. Celebration of the Day of the African Child on 16 June 2005
  1. The Chairperson of the PRC informed the delegations of the invitation that the Commission had addressed to Member States to participate in the celebration of the Day of the African Child on 16 June 2005. In view of the importance of this Day, the PRC therefore decided to resume its deliberations in the afternoon of 16 June.



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