16th au summit.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has arrived back home from the African Union extraordinary summit on Libya which called for an immediate ceasefire on the bombardment of the oil-rich North African country.

President Mugabe was welcomed at the Harare International Airport by Vice President John Nkomo, Zanu PF National Chairman, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, cabinet ministers, service chiefs and other senior government officials.

Cde Mugabe had joined other heads of state and government at the AU extraordinary summit which came up with two resolutions on the aggression in Libya and the general peace and security issues on the continent.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, said the African leaders were unequivocal in their call for the immediate ceasefire as the Western forces are abusing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 which declared a no-fly zone on Libya to protect civilians.

 

The African Union chairman, Cde Theodore Obinag Nguema Mbasogo, said there is urgent need for a political solution to the Libyan crisis and the Western forces should respect the AU’s decision as the adopted roadmap for Libya remains relevant.

According to the communiqué released at the end of the summit, the Peace and Security Commission was directed to consider the deployment of an AU observer mission to monitor the situation in Libya ahead of the establishment of a larger international mission that would involve the AU, the UN and the League of Arab States, while the warring parties were urged to fully cooperate with the mediators.

The summit also called for the renewed efforts to consolidate peace and prevent further conflict in troubled spots such as Somalia.

The Summit was the first major step taken by the pan-African body towards ending the crisis in Libya against the background of the work carried out by the AU high level ad hoc committee on Libya.