35th IPA Vienna Seminar
Verlag: National Defence Academy and Diplomatic Academy Vienna in cooperation with the International Peace Academy New York
Autor(en): Lieutenant General Martin Luther Agwai
, General Mag. Roland Ertl
, General de Corps d'Armee Babacar Gaye
, Botschafter Dr. Jiří Gruša
, Ambassador Felix Mosha
, Dr. Funmi Olonisakin
, Lieutenant-General Daniel Ishmael Opande
, Dr. Ursula Plassnik
, Dr. Ismail Rashid
, General Raimund Schittenhelm
, Botschafter Dr. Hans Winkler
Beiträge in dieser Publikation:
Dr. Ursula PLASSNIK
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria
Austria has a long-standing tradition in all areas of conflict prevention, be it through mediation on a diplomatic level, the contribution of peacekeeping personnel or promoting projects of reconciliation, reintegration and institutional reconstruction.
Therefore, Austria has been working closely with the International Peace Academy for decades.
This year, Africa has come to the fore of Austrian foreign policy. Being already one of the focal points of the UK’s presidency of the European Union, an EU strategy for Africa will be adopted for the first time by the European Council in December of this year. Austria is actively participating in the elaboration of this strategy with a view to advance its implementation during the Austrian EU presidency in the first half of 2006.
For all these reasons, I consider IPA’s decision well timed to choose "Developing Peace Partnerships in Africa” as the topic for its 35th Vienna Seminar.
Over the last years, the cooperation in security and military matters - with the Peace and Security Council of a newly defined African Union - has become an important element of the EU’s foreign policy. The collaboration in various operations, especially in AMIS, the African peacekeeping force in Darfur serves as an example for such peace partnerships. The EU makes substantial financial as well as logistic contributions to the African Mission in Sudan, which has already proven to be successful. At the same time the European Union strives towards a political solution for this crisis which continues to put into question the implementation of Sudan’s comprehensive peace agreement.
Due to its long experience and its wide-spread network in Africa, the International Peace Academy is capable of adopting the necessary comprehensive approach and - as has been proven once more in Vienna - to bring together African and international actors to address these highly important issues.