In an interview with Cihan News Agency, African Union's chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma observed the AU had appointed a panel to assist Egypt regain normalcy.
In contrast to the European Union, the African Union strongly condemned the coup and suspended Egypt’s membership, what concrete action is the AU planning to take regarding the coup in Egypt and the subsequent killings and violence which have occurred?
As you know we have set up a high level panel of three prominent Africans, Alpha Oumar Konaré, the former president of Mali and former chair of the African Union, Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana and the current Prime Minister of Djibouti (Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed) to be our interlocutors with the Egyptians, to talk to all the Egyptians and to see how best to assist them in going forward so that Egypt can get back to constitutional normalcy as soon as possible. We’ve also called for restraint from all sides because it pains us to see people dying, to see people from a sisterly country like Egypt going through what they are going. We hope that the panel will be able to work with us but of course we’ll remain seized with the matter through the Peace and Security Council of the AU and we will also engage our heads of state on this matter through a summit of the Peace and Security Council.
In the beginning you immediately suspended Egypt’s membership, what response did you receive from the international powers?
We are guided by our own principles of the African Union that we do not accept unconstitutional changes of government and that is what guided us. The international community, I don’t know what principles guide them, they took their own views but we have a very clear principle and procedure on what we do if there is an unconstitutional change of government.
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 17:39