GIS - 05 February, 2018: The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made a statement on the Chagos issue during his participation at the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 28 to 29 January 2018. The statement was made during the Session of the Assembly on peace and security.
He reiterated the gratitude of the Government and the people of Mauritius towards the AU Member States, for their unflinching support to the struggle to complete the decolonization process.
Prime Minister Jugnauth made a request to the Assembly for a decision to be taken urging all Member States to make written submissions to the International Court of Justice. A decision was unanimously approved by the Assembly calling upon AU Member States, the Regional Economic Communities, the League of the Arab States, the Islamic Conference Organization and all AU partners to make written submissions to the International Court of Justice.
In the margins of the Assembly, the Prime Minister had bilateral meetings with Heads of State/Government, and Ministers of several AU Member States, as well as the Chairperson of the AU Commission. The main focus of the discussions was in relation to the Chagos issue.
The theme of the AU for 2018 is “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”. The Assembly examined, inter alia, the following issues, namely, the Institutional Reforms and the Financing of the AU; the Negotiations on the Proposed Setting up of a Continental Free Trade Area; the Reports on Peace and Security in Africa; and the Situation in Palestine and the Middle East.
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