AU Peace Council concerned over Maritime Security

Luanda – The fifteen countries that make up the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), an organ of which Angola is a member, expressed concern on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, about the delay in implementation of the African Charter on Security, Maritime Protection and Development in Africa.

The document was signed by 35 AU Member States about three years ago, but only Togo has ratified it, which is a cause of concern to the PSC for noting its delays in meeting the so-called “Lome Charter” adopted at an Extraordinary Summit, held in the Togolese capital in October 2016.

Quoted by a press release from the Permanent Representation of Angola to the AU, the Angolan ambassador to Ethiopia, Francisco da Cruz, said that international trade by sea plays a crucial role in the continent’s economies, where 39 of the 55 states are insular.

The Angolan Permanent Representative to the AU and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ambassador Francisco da Cruz, argued that more than 90 per cent of imports between nations are made by sea, which justifies the importance of this domain for the economy and development of Africa.

The diplomat recalled that as early as October 2015, Angola organized, in partnership with the United States and Italy, an international conference on Maritime and Energy Security with the objective of strengthening national and regional initiatives in response to threats of various order, on the Atlantic coast, especially in the Gulf of Guinea.

In the end, he mentioned that more than 400 delegates, representing 34 countries, adopted the “Declaration of Luanda on Maritime and Energy Security”, with a view to economic growth, development and stability of the States.

According to the ambassador, the document reiterates the importance of African states developing complementary maritime strategies at the national, regional and continental levels, aiming at common objectives, including the protection of maritime space, risk prevention, threat identification, others.

Source: Angola Press News Agency