Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has with immediate effect suspended Mauritania from participation in the activities of the continental body following a coup d'etat in the West African country.
The decision, taken by the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) in conformity with the July 2000 Lome Declaration of the OAU and the Constitutive Act of the AU, demands the restoration of constitutional order in Mauritania.
"Council firmly condemns the coup d'etat in Mauritania on 3 August 2005 and demands a prompt restoration of constitutional order," the Council said in a statement.
The same statement also welcomed the condemnation made by the international community against the overthrow of the government.
Meanwhile, the PSC will despatch a ministerial delegation to Mauritania to reiterate the AU's position to perpetrators of the coup d'etat and to engage them on the modalities for a speedy restoration of constitutional order in the country.
- Pan African News Agency
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