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DIRCO objects AU’s decision to grant Israel observer status

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DIRCO has expressed shock at the decision of the AU to grant Israel observer status, in light of the unjust actions and brutality of Israel on Palestinian people.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), on Wednesday, 28 July 2021, issued a statement in objection to the African Union (AU) Commission’s decision to grant Israel observer status. DIRCO expressed that the government of South Africa is appalled at the unjust and unwarranted decision of the AU Commission to grant Israel observer status in the AU.

DIRCO noted that the AU has taken this decision unilaterally without consultations with its members, and that the decision was even more shocking given that the AU strenuously objected to the deaths of Palestinians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. DIRCO described the decision as inexplicable, stating that the unjust actions committed by Israel offend the letter and spirit of the Charter of the AU.

DIRCO also confirmed that the South African Government will be asking the chairperson of the commission to provide a briefing to all member states on the decision, and hopes it will be discussed by the executive council and the Assembly of Heads of States and Government. DIRCO further emphasised that South Africa appears to firmly believe that if Israel is not willing to negotiate peace, then it should not have AU status.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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