Morocco Will Sit as of April 1st on AU PSC for Two-year Term
Morocco will sit, as of April 1st, 2018, on the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) for a two-year term, during which it intends to consolidate efforts and actions aimed at contributing, in a constructive and positive way, to the promotion of peace and security in Africa, said, Saturday, the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Morocco’s election to the PSC, at the last AU summit held in January 2018 in Addis Ababa, is a sign of confidence, credibility and esteem for its African strategy, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, said the ministry in a statement, adding that it is also a recognition of the Kingdom’s active role as well as credible and supportive actions and initiatives, since the 1960s, in favor of Africa’s stability and the development of African citizens.
Embracing the values of peace, dialogue, the promotion of cooperation and friendly relations, Morocco is entrenching its mandate within the PSC within the framework of the consolidation of efforts and actions aimed at contributing, in a constructive and positive way, to the promotion of peace and security in Africa, noted the same source, pointing out that Africa faces many complex security challenges that require joint and concerted action as well as an unwavering commitment by African States and all stakeholders to preserve and consolidate sustainable peace and security.
Noting that this goal will only be achieved through political stability, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, as well as the consolidation of the rule of law in Africa, the ministry stressed that the common African agenda should focus on urgent and priority conflict and crisis situations, which constitute a real threat to peace and security in Africa, while promoting a comprehensive and inclusive approach, notably through preventive diplomacy, mediation and good offices.
In an African context marked by the interdependence of security threats to peace and security, Morocco will, during its mandate in the PSC, give priority to the issues of prevention and the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, as well as post-conflict reconstruction, with a view to federating the collective efforts of the Council’s member States and finding concrete immediate responses to these issues, the ministry stressed.
The Kingdom’s action and approach will also privilege socio-economic development and South-South cooperation, which constitute a major aspect and a condition sine qua non for peace, stability and prosperity in Africa.
Morocco will also pay particular attention to other emerging themes, such as human security, food security and environmental security. Similarly, the Kingdom intends to contribute, in a constructive and responsible manner, to the efforts made for the reform of the PSC, to the improvement of its methods of work, in order to establish the ownership of this body by member States and consolidate its role and mission in the prevention and resolution of conflicts in Africa, the ministry underlined.
Thanks to its experience and know-how, and aware of the extent of security issues in Africa, Morocco will spare no effort, together with all member States of the PSC, to help lay new solid and lasting foundations for a stable, prosperous and united Africa.