Morocco Urges Stronger AU PSC Methods and Procedure Compliance

Morocco called for strengthening the working methods of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), to enable this body to fulfill its mandate to promote peace, security and stability in Africa.

During the 15th annual retreat of the AU PSC in Tunis, which concluded on Monday, the Moroccan delegation, led by Ambassador Mohammed Arrouchi, stressed the imperative of strict adherence to PSC decisions and existing rules and procedures. Specifically, the delegation emphasized the importance of following guidelines related to early warning, mediation, and preventive diplomacy to mitigate the risk of conflict and violence across the continent.

In the inaugural ceremony of this annual retreat on Saturday, the Moroccan delegation underscored the paramount role of the UN Security Council and advocated for a comprehensive, multidimensional approach.

The delegation reiterated the prominence of the UN Security Council as the primary body responsible for matters related to international security. This principle was unanimously reaffirmed in the draft resolution discussing the financing of peacekeeping operations, a topic explored during the retreat and scheduled for review by the UN Security Council in New York next week.

Additionally, the Moroccan delegation emphasized the necessity of adopting global and multidimensional strategies. These strategies aim to enhance coherence between political, security, and development activities in managing crisis and conflict situations on the continent. The objective is to effectively address the root causes of insecurity and instability, encompassing socio-economic challenges and the essential needs of African populations.

Beyond scrutinizing the PSC’s working methods, the annual retreat delved into examining reference documents to contribute to the enhancement of the council’s operations. This included a focus on the AU sanctions regime against unconstitutional changes of government, the PSC’s engagement mechanism with African members of the UN Security Council (A3), and the AU Committee on Counter-terrorism.

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