Mnangagwa leaves for AU Summit in Addis Ababa

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The Executive Council is charged with preparing the documents and drafting the decisions and declarations that will be considered by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, who will meet from February 9 to 10.

Buhari will join leaders from the 55-member countries of the African Union to participate in the Summit with the theme, "Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa's Development".

Finding African solutions for African problems will remain a cornerstone of resolving conflicts on the continent, he said.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the beginning of the summit assumed the one-year revolving presidency of the AU from Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el Sisi, whose presidency sparked controversy.

He attended a formal dinner for the African Union summit Saturday night, after meeting with five others and delivering two speeches on the margins of the summit.

"Ramaphosa's leadership of the AU will be more meaningful if he uses the opportunity to focus the African foreign policy agenda on promoting human rights", said Carine Kaneza Nantulya, Africa advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.

The war in Libya has been going on for the last nine years since the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces-led invasion in 2011 removed long-serving president Muammar Gaddafi from power and created chaos in the country.

He said that: "It's also true that we can't silence the guns without good governance, without justice, and without equality".

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The AU Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat emphasised the need for solidarity among African countries if the continent is to achieve its goals for peaceful and secure Africa, noting that "the deficit of solidarity is one of the big weaknesses of the system of resistance and Africa's overall capacities for continental resilience".

The parties to the conflict, he said, "should respect the cessation of hostilities as well as the United Nations arms embargo".

On Friday, the International Crisis Group think-tank had urged the AU to finalize an agreement that would see the UN financing 75% of peacekeeping missions, when endorsed by the UN Security Council.

Supporting Sudan's transition by offering to act as a guarantor of the deal between the security forces and civilian leaders.

Representing rival tribes, President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have to form a power-sharing government by February 22, the deadline, but they have already missed two previous deadlines to settle their differences.

"I fully understand that frustration", Guterres said at a news conference in Addis Ababa ahead of the annual AU summit on Sunday and Monday.

South Sudan's civil war, which began in 2013, has left 380,000 people dead and millions of people in dire poverty.

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