Addis Ababa, 3 October, 2011; The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has signed an agreement with the African Union (AU) to guide the implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) support programme. The agreement was signed by the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Eng. Mahboub Maalim, and on behalf of the AU by Mr. El Ghassim Wane, Director of the Peace and Security Department on Monday, 3 October, 2011, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The agreement defines a legal framework of cooperation between the AU and Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs) in the joint management and implementation of actions supported by the APSA support programme. The APSA support programme is supported by the European Union with an envelope of €40million, and is to be implemented over a period of 44 months, by the AU and the RECs/RMs. Under the leadership of the AU, the RECs/RMs have agreed to combine their resources, to enhance coordination and harmonization of their activities with those of the AU in the area of peace and security.

The APSA embraces an expanded and comprehensive agenda for peace and security that includes conflict prevention, early warning and preventive diplomacy, peace-making and peace building, the encouragement and promotion of democratic practices, humanitarian action and disaster management. The aim of APSA is to give the AU and the RECs/RMs the necessary instruments to fulfil the tasks of prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in Africa, as set out in the AU Constitutive Act and the Protocol establishing the Peace and Security Council (PSC).

The Implementation Agreement has also been signed by SADC, EAC, ECCAS, COMESA and the Eastern Africa Standby Force Coordinating Mechanism (EASFCOM).

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