- African Union chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed George Floyd's death
- The AU has strongly condemned the murder of the United States civilian and shared the anger that has spread across the world
- This follows the ANC's request for Ramaphosa to utilise diplomatic channels to aid the US
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President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking on behalf of the African Union as its chairperson, has condemned the death of George Floyd.
The AU has strongly condemned the murder of the 46-year-old unarmed black man after being arrested by Minneapolis police.
Addressing the first Extraordinary Inter-Sessional Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), aimed at overcoming the challenges of Covid-19, Ramaphosa commented that:
“As countries that have borne the brunt of racial discrimination over centuries, we need to work together to end the scourge of racial violence, wherever it occurs. By working together, we can build a peaceful, just, healthy and prosperous global community."
The ANC had earlier called on Ramaphosa to make use of diplomatic channels and aid the United States which is currently facing civil unrest over the controversial incident that has sent shockwaves around the globe.
Touching on the coronavirus, Ramaphosa called for the sanctions facing African nations to be lifted:
“We believe that no country must be left behind. In this regard, we call for economic sanctions against Sudan and Zimbabwe to be lifted to provide the necessary space for these countries to devote their resources to the fight against Covid-19."
The president highlighted that the pandemic is a global issue that needs unity to overcome it:
“This is a global public health emergency and it needs a global response. We, therefore, need to promote multilateralism as the most effective instrument to ensure that all countries, big and small, rich and poor, are accommodated and their voices heard,” Ramaphosa said.
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