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PEACEKEEPING IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: A PRACTICAL APPROACH


PEACEKEEPING IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: A PRACTICAL APPROACH

Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 September 2005

Hemicycle of the Belgian House of Representatives (2 place de la Nation, Brussels)

PROGRAMME

(16 September 2005)

Tuesday 20 September

08.45

Registration

09.30

Opening addresses

 

Mr Herman De Croo (Belgium), President of the House of Representatives, Belgium

 

Mr Stef Goris (Belgium), President of the WEU Assembly

 

Mr François Roelants du Vivier (Belgium), Chairman of the Committee on External Relations and Defence of the Senate

10.00-12.30

First sitting Chairman: Mr Stef Goris (Belgium) President of the WEU Assembly

 

Factors threatening peace and security in Sub Saharan Africa

 

Keynote speech: Armand de Decker (Belgium), Minister for Development Cooperation (Former President of the WEU Assembly)

 

Presentations by:

 

Mr Arnauld Akodjenou, Director of the Emergency and Security Service, UN High Commission for Refugees

 

Mr Olivier E. Kamitatu (Democratic Republic of Congo), Speaker of the National Assembly

 

Discussion

_12.00

Press Conference_

12.30

Lunch (by invitation)

14.15-16.15

Second sitting Chairman: Mr Philippe Monfils (Belgium), Leader of the Belgian Delegation and Vice-Chairman of the Defence Committee of the WEU Assembly

 

Experiences in military peacekeeping operations in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

Keynote speech: Lieutenant-General Frederic Vandingenen (Belgium), Deputy-Chief of the Defence Staff for Operations and Training

 

Introduction to the EU policy for the organisation of military peacekeeping in Africa:

 

General Jean-Paul Perruche, Director of the EU Military Staff

 

Presentations by:

 

General Bruno Neveux (France), Head of the Joint Services Combat and Training Division (Operation Artemis - Democratic Republic of Congo)

 

General Emmanuel Beth (France), Head of the Planning and Operations Centre, Ministry of Defence (Operation Licorne - Ivory Coast)

 

Discussion

16.30-18.15

Third sitting Chairman: Mr Pedro Agramunt (Spain), Chairman of the Political Committee of the WEU Assembly

 

Experiences in crisis management and peacekeeping: Darfur - a case study

 

Presentations by:

 

Mr Henry Anyidoho, Head of the United Nations Assistance Cell in Addis Ababa, Chief of Staff of the African Union Darfur integrated Task Force

 

Mr Christian Manahl, Official with responsibility for Darfur, European Union Task Force `Africa'

 

Mr Al Derderi Mohamed Ahmed (Sudan), Member of the National Assembly

 

Mr Halifa Salah (Gambia), Member of the Panafrican Parliament and Rapporteur on Darfur (invited)

 

Dr Alexia Mikhos, Crisis Management Policy Section, Operations Division, NATO

 

Discussion

18.30

Transfer by bus to the Exhibition "Memory of Congo - The Colonial Era" at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

19.00

Visit the Exhibition

20.00

Buffet reception hosted by Mr Armand De Decker (Belgium), Minister for Development Cooperation (Former President of the WEU Assembly)

Wednesday 21 September

10.00

Fourth sitting Chairman: Mr Stef Goris (Belgium) President of the WEU Assembly

 

The way forward: Euro-African cooperation on peacekeeping

 

Speeches by:

Mr Koen Vervaeke, Head, European Union Task Force `Africa'

 

A representative of the African Union (invited)

 

Presentations by:

 

Dr Sven Biscop, Senior Researcher, Royal Institute for International Relations

 

Mr Alain Deletroz, Vice-President (Europe), International Crisis Group

 

Discussion

 

Conclusions

 

Mr Charles Goerens (Luxembourg), Rapporteur, (Former Minister for Defence and Development, Former President of the WEU Assembly)

12.00

Closing address

 

Mr Louis Michel (Belgium), European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid


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