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African Union (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - January 31, 2012)

Q : Regarding the failure to elect a Chairman of the African Union Commission, do you have any comment regarding the fact that Mr. Ping was retained on a temporary basis and that Ms. Zuma wasn’t chosen?

A : As you know, France is attached to the African Union’s essential role in promoting peace, security and cooperation on the continent. It’s a key player with whom we work very closely on all these issues.

We’re following with the utmost attention the developments regarding the African Union. At its most recent summit, the African Union elected a new Chairman, which we welcomed yesterday.

We understand that the current Commission has been provisionally extended and that another vote should take place in a few months.

The important thing, in my opinion, is that we welcomed the new Chairman of the African Union yesterday and the importance we attach to this African organization – which we’re reaffirming today – and above all our desire to work very closely with the African Union on all the major African issues.


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