SOLEMN LAUNCHING OF
THE PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
AT THE NEW AU CONFERENCE HALL
TUESDAY, 25 MAY 2004
The Protocol Relating to the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the
African Union entered into force on 26 December 2003, after being
ratified by the required majority of Member States of the AU.
the 4th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council that met in Addis
Ababa, in March 2004, elected the 15 members of the PSC and adopted the
Rules of Procedure of the new Organ. The PSC has since then held
several meetings that focused on the conflict situations on the
the 4th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council decided that the PSC
be solemnly launched on 25 May 2004, at the level of Heads of State and
Government of the Members of the PSC, in the presence of the
representatives of the other AU Member States, as well as AU Partners.
This date, which coincides with the Africa Day, was chosen for its
symbolism and importance to the African people.