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Wednesday 11 September 2013
Progress report on the implementation of the Conclusions of the Nouakchott Ministerial Meeting of 17 March 2013
PROGRESS REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONCLUSIONS OF THE NOUAKCHOTT MINISTERIAL MEETING OF 17 MARCH 2013 I. INTRODUCTION 1. The first ministerial meeting on the enhancement of security cooperation and the operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) in the Sahelo-Saharan region, held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on 17 March 2013, agreed on a set of measures to address the security challenges facing the region. It was agreed that the relevant Ministers will meet at least once every six months. The conclusions of the Nouakchott ministerial meeting are annexed to this report. 2. The present report provides an overview of the implementation of these measures, progress achieved and challenges encountered. It concludes with observations on the way forward.

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Saturday 07 September 2013
Conclusions of the workshop on enhancing operational land border security cooperation in the Sahelo-Saharan Region
The Workshop on Enhancing Operational Land Border Security Cooperation in the Sahelo-Saharan Region was held in Tripoli, Libya, on 4 and 5 September 2013. The following countries participated in the meeting: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sudan and Tunisia. Participants also included representatives of the African Union (AU) Commission, the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) and the Sahel Fusion and Liaison Unit (UFL).

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Saturday 07 September 2013
Statement of the africa forum on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic
Pretoria, 5 September 2013 We, members of the Forum for Former African Heads of State and Government, commonly referred to as Africa Forum (AF), have been deeply concerned about the protracted civil war in Syria, which has now raged for two-and-a-half years.

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Friday 06 September 2013
Conclusions of the 8th consultative meeting of the International Contact Group on Madagascar (ICG- M)
1. At the initiative of Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, and as part of the efforts to accelerate the resolution of the crisis facing Madagascar, the International Contact Group on Madagascar (ICG-M) held its 8th meeting in Addis Ababa on 6 September 2013, under the chairmanship of Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security , and in the presence of the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr Aicha L. Abdullahi, as well as former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Mediator of the Southern African Development Committee (SADC) in the Malagasy crisis, and the Chair of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) for the month of September 2013, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to the AU.

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Friday 06 September 2013
Sierra Leone donates $ 1 Million to AU Trust Fund on Mali
Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the African Union, Ambassador Andrew Gbebay Bangali, handed over the cheque to the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, who received it on behalf of the Chairperson of the Commission. The pledge was made in response to the request by AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), at its 341st meeting, held on 13 November 2012, to the Chairperson of the Commission, to mobilize adequate support for the African-led international efforts to help resolve the multidimensional crisis in Mali. Sierra Leone joins other African countries and institutions, which include Gabon ($1m), Namibia ($1m), Nigeria ($5m) and CEN-SAD ($1m), which have already honored their pledges to the AU Trust Fund, which administers the financial support to AFISMA. The AU extends its deep appreciation to these countries and institutions and urges others to also honor their pledges to the Trust Fund.

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Thursday 05 September 2013
Convening of a workshop on Border Security in Tripoli, Libya
Addis Ababa, 5 September 2013: A two-day workshop on enhancing operational land border security cooperation in the Sahelo-Saharan region opened in Tripoli, Libya, on 4 September 2013. The workshop brings together the countries of the region and other stakeholders, including relevant regional organizations and structures, as well as partner institutions.

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