AU agree to appoint Algerian diplomat as Commissioner for Peace and Security

Addis Ababa, 12 October 2013 (WIC) - The Executive Council of the African Union agreed on Friday to appoint Algerian diplomat Smail Chergui as a commissioner for Peace and Security Council.

The Foreign Ministers agreed to appoint Chergui as a replacement for Ramtane Lammara who is also an Algerian and was appointed as Algeria’s Foreign Minister.

Chergui is currently Ambassador of Algeria to the Russian Federation. Previous to his posting to Moscow, Chergui held positions as the Algerian Consul-General in Geneva and Ambassador to Ethiopia. The appointment of the Commissioner is expected to be approved by the Summit of Heads of State and Government on Saturday.

The Executive Council has been discussing Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court to be followed by the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

Chairperson of the Executive Council, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom on the opening session criticized the ICC for “unjust and unfair treatment” of Africans which he said is “totally unacceptable.”