simbarashe mumbengegwi 14-02-11.jpgForeign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi says the election of Zimbabwe to chair the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) from next month, is recognition of Zimbabwe’s capacity and capability to deal with pressing issues of peace and security on the continent.

The AUPSC, which comprises of 15 member states, plays a big role in the maintenance and making of peace and security on the African continent.

Zimbabwe and two other Southern African countries are representing SADC on the body at present.

Zimbabwe was further honoured by being chosen to serve for three terms while the others will serve for two years.

Minister Mumbengegwi said as AUPSC chair for the next month, Zimbabwe will be faced with the major task of ensuring that stability returns to troubled spots of Africa such as Cote d’lvoire, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Madagascar and Libya.

He said Zimbabwe will endeavour to ensure the enforcement of recent African Union resolutions on Libya where the warring Libyan parties are being called to the conference table to ensure that conflict is resolved through dialogue.

He also reiterated the AU resolution, calling for a review of the UN Resolution 1973, which has been grossly violated by NATO and western powers, who have now manipulated the mandate of enforcing a no fly zone on Libya to bombard the North African country in an obvious effort to topple the government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.