Why the African Union is calling for peace talks to end the Russian-Ukrainian war



The African Union prefers to dialogue with Russia and Ukraine to end the war, instead of directly allowing President Volodymyr Zelensky to address its Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

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The recommendation from the Office of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, a working group within the continental body, now means that the AU will seek an audience with both countries as it seeks secure grain trade routes to Africa.

President Zelensky has twice asked to address the African Union to explain why the world should condemn Russia’s invasion of his country. Zelensky made the demands in April over the phone to President Macky Sall of Senegal, current chairperson of the African Union, and chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. He wanted to speak to the Assembly at its May meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

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But the African Union says it is in favor of a negotiated outcome to end the conflict. In a statement aimed at addressing a number of challenges, including the supply of vaccines for Africa and the impending famine due to grain shortages, the Bureau said it supported President Sall‘s trip to Russia and Ukraine to “present the collective view of the AU on the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis”. conflict over Africa.

“It was also agreed that President Macky Sall, in his capacity as Chairman of the African Union, could pay a visit to Russia and Ukraine accompanied by the President of the Commission, HE Moussa Faki Mahamat”.

The AU condemned Russia’s invasion but hesitated to endorse sanctions imposed on Moscow by the European Union and the United States, citing past examples where sanctions have hurt ordinary people. Instead, the continental body says it is setting up a “technical working group” “that will provide member states with an analytical monitoring tool on the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on the Africa”.

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Last week, President Sall said he would travel to Moscow and Kyiv in the coming days to meet with Presidents Vladimir Putin and Zelensky on the need to cease fire and reopen maritime trade routes for grain.

Russia has been accused by the European Union of provoking an unnecessary war and later blocking Ukrainian grain exports to markets in Africa and the Middle East, regions that rely heavily on the country for wheat supplies .

In a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Sall said the “African position” is to encourage a ceasefire between the two countries and resume grain exports. The Bureau, which also includes DR Congo, Angola, South Africa, Ethiopia and Libya, said it authorized the formation of the task force two weeks ago to continue gathering facts on the situation.

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“Heads of State and Government noted with concern that this conflict will continue to derail the modest gains on the road to post-Covid global economic recovery for African economies,” the Office said in a statement.

He “encouraged Russia and Ukraine to consider dialogue and negotiation as a means of resolving the conflict”.


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