Mar 4, 2009, 4:53 AM
On behalf of the AU, Ambassador Lamamra delivered a thought provoking speech to Members of Parliament, urging them to support the common cause of building an "integrated, prosperous and conflict-free
Due to conflicts, Ambassador Lamamra, explained that, "too many African peoples continue to live in conditions of violence, poverty, misery and underdevelopment."
On this note, he prodded those present to enhance democratisation.
Although Ambassador Lamamra commended Africans on making significant improvements in the area of democracy, he expressed his concern that there is still a long way to go, especially due to the slow execution of relevant AU instruments that ensure democratisation.
He explained that "the upholding of these instruments would contribute towards creating conditions conducive for socio-economic development that the African people have been, and are yelling for."
Ambassador Lamamra reiterated the notion that
The PAP commended Ambassador Lamamra on his informative statement, but questioned him on the role of the AU in the current conflicts on the continent.
They noted the timid nature of the AU in the face of foreign forces intervening in conflicts, especially in
Parliamentarians also requested the AU to consider them as equals, as they are often undermined, especially during election observation missions.
However, they continued to say that Africans should support and nurture the AU as one would do their own child to ensure its success and, thus, preserve the continents sovereignty.
With this a motion was proposed in accordance with the resolution on the security situation in
The PAP Bureau also announced the extension of the contracts of the current Clerk and two Deputy Clerks of the PAP.
Furthermore, the PAP yesterday unanimously elected a new Second Vice-President in place of the outgoing Hon. Mary Mugyenyi of
The new Second Vice-President is Hon. Marie Noelle Francoise LABELLE from
The other candidate for the position, Hon. Stephen Masele from