Council Joint Action 2005/586/CFSP of 28 July 2005 extending and amending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative for the African Great Lakes Region


Published: 2005-07-28

Subscribe to a Global-Regulation Premium Membership Today!

Key Benefits:

Subscribe Now for only USD$20 per month, or Get a Day Pass for only USD$4.99.

29.7.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 199/97


COUNCIL JOINT ACTION 2005/586/CFSP

of 28 July 2005

extending and amending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative for the African Great Lakes Region

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, and in particular Articles 14, 18(5) and 23(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

On 8 December 2003 the Council adopted Joint Action 2003/869/CFSP (1) amending and extending the mandate of the Special Representative of the European Union for the African Great Lakes Region.

(2)

On 28 June 2004 the Council adopted Joint Action 2004/530/CFSP (2) extending the mandate of the Special Representative of the European Union for the African Great Lakes Region and amending Joint Action 2003/869/CFSP.

(3)

On 2 February 2005 the Council adopted Joint Action 2005/96/CFSP (3) amending and extending the mandate of the Special Representative of the European Union for the African Great Lakes Region until 31 August 2005.

(4)

On 2 May 2005, the Council adopted Joint Action 2005/355/CFSP (4) on the European Union mission to provide advice and assistance for security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), providing for a specific role for the European Union Special Representative (EUSR).

(5)

On the basis of a review of Joint Action 2003/869/CFSP the mandate of the EUSR should be amended and extended for a further six months.

(6)

The EUSR will implement his mandate in the context of a situation which may deteriorate and could harm the objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy as set out in Article 11 of the Treaty,

HAS ADOPTED THIS JOINT ACTION:

Article 1

The mandate of Mr Aldo AJELLO as the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the African Great Lakes Region is hereby extended until 28 February 2006.

Article 2

Joint Action 2003/869/CFSP is hereby amended as follows:

1.

Article 3 shall be replaced by the following:

‘Article 3

In order to achieve the policy objectives, the mandate of the EUSR shall be to:

(a)

establish and maintain close contact with all the parties to the peace and transition process in the African Great Lakes Region, other countries of the region, the United States of America, other relevant countries, as well as the United Nations (UN) and other relevant international organisations, the African Union (AU) and sub-regional organisations and their representatives as well as other prominent regional leaders in order to work with them in strengthening the peace processes of Lusaka and Arusha and the peace agreements concluded in Pretoria and Luanda;

(b)

observe the peace and transition processes between the parties and offer the European Union’s advice and good offices as appropriate;

(c)

contribute, where requested, to the implementation of peace and cease fire agreements reached between the parties and engage with them diplomatically in the event of non-compliance with the terms of these agreements;

(d)

engage constructively with signatories to agreements within the framework of the peace processes in order to promote compliance with the basic norms of democracy and good governance, including respect for human rights and the rule of law;

(e)

contribute to the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Children and Armed Conflict;

(f)

contribute to and cooperate with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the UN for the Great Lakes Region and the Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the AU on the preparation of a Conference on peace, security, democracy and development in the Great Lakes Region;

(g)

report on the possibilities for European Union support to the peace and transition process and on the best way of pursuing European Union initiatives;

(h)

monitor actions by the parties to the conflicts, which might prejudice the outcome of the ongoing peace processes;

(i)

contribute to a better understanding of the European Union’s role among opinion leaders in the region;

(j)

provide advice and assistance, as required, for security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular give political guidance to the Heads of Mission, in order to fulfil their duties at local level, of the EU Police Mission (EUPOL “Kinshasa”) and of the EU Mission advising and assisting the Congolese authorities in the security sector reform (“EUSEC RD Congo”).’;

2.

Article 5(1) shall be replaced by the following:

‘1.   The financial reference amount intended to cover the expenditure related to the mandate of the EUSR shall be EUR 460 000.’

Article 3

This Joint Action shall enter into force on the day of its adoption.

It shall apply from 1 September 2005.

Article 4

This Joint Action shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels, 28 July 2005.

For the Council

The President

J. STRAW


(1)  OJ L 326, 13.12.2003, p. 37.

(2)  OJ L 234, 3.7.2004, p. 13.

(3)  OJ L 31, 4.2.2005, p. 70.

(4)  OJ L 112, 3.5.2005, p. 20.