Khartoum, Sudan (Sudanow.info ) – The African Union has reiterated its "deep concern with the proliferation of weapons originating from Libyan military depots and their impact on regional security and stability" urging the Libyan authorities to take measures for protection of Africans within the Libyan territories
The Peace and Security Council of the Africa Union (AU), in a meeting held on 20 October 2011, pointed out to assurances formally provided to the AU by the leadership of the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya, which among other things stressed its strategic commitment to the African continent, its commitment to give priority to national unity and to bring together all Libyan stakeholders , without any exception, to rebuild the country, and "its commitment to protect all foreign workers within Libya, including the African migrant workers".
In a communiqué it issued in Addis Ababa, Libya, the council said it has also decided in view of the above and taking into account the uniqueness of the situation in Libya and the exceptional circumstances surrounding it" and without prejudice to the relevant AU instruments, to authorize the current authorities in Libya to occupy the seat of Libya in the AU and its organs".
The council said it has authorized the Chairperson of the Commission to take the required steps for the early establishment of an AU Liaison Office in Tripoli, to be headed by a Special Representative, to assist, in cooperation with the United Nations, the League of Arab States and other stakeholders, in the efforts aimed at stabilizing the situation in Libya, promoting national reconciliation and inclusivity and facilitating the transition process towards democratic institutions, building on the relevant provisions of the AU Roadmap;
The council expressing its deep concern with the proliferation of weapons originating from Libyan military depots and their impact on regional security and stability, has stressed that it noted "with satisfaction the growing realization, within the international community, of the gravity of the threat thus posed", requesting the Commission to work with the United Nations and all countries concerned and relevant partners towards the early convening of a regional conference in order to facilitate regional coordination and cooperation and related efforts.
The council " Urges the Libyan authorities to spare no efforts in ensuring the safety and security of the African migrant workers, and appeals to the member states and partners to cooperate with the Commission towards the early holding of a pledging conference to mobilize resources for the socio?economic reintegration of the migrant workers into their countries of origin" the communiqué said.