The African Union (AU) summit currently
underway in Sirte, Libya is scheduled to focus on resolving the continent's
political instability. Some political observers have criticized the AU for
failing to address recent coups d'état in member countries.
But supporters of
the continental body give
it thumbs-up for refusing to recognize unconstitutional ascension to power.
director Andrew Kanyegirire of the New Partnership for Africa's Development
(NEPAD) told VOA that lack of food security could be the
cause of political instability in some African countries.
focus of the summit has been investing in agriculture for economic growth and
food security…but there has been recognition that for that to be successful,
some of the issues that are going to be tabled today touch on peace and
He said the idea of
continental integration is not receiving much attention. But Kanyegirire welcomed President Barack
Obama's policy of agricultural investment support across Africa.
"I can say in reference to
the Obama administration and how it is looking at agriculture as a key entry
point for stability on the continent…the visit by President Obama in Ghana, his
prioritization in some range speaks to that concern," Kanyegirire said.
He disagreed with critics
who say the summit is just another talk shop with no real solutions for the
"To be fair, it is not only
the African Union. If you look at the European Union and even the G8 and quite
a few others around the world where, yes, people do meet and sometimes all they
do is talk…but I realized that some key decisions have been made. Every now and then you get a good decision,"
African Union is reportedly set to begin discussions about reasons not to
cooperate with the International Criminal Court in its indictment of Sudan's
President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
The ICC issued an
international arrest warrant in March against Bashir for crimes against
humanity after thousands of people living in Darfur were killed. Khartoum has
rejected the indictment.
The continental body claims
the arrest warrant would undermine peace efforts in Darfur and urges that the
indictment be deferred.