Ambassador Schmidt opened Second Meeting of the Police Strategic Support Group of the African Union in Addis AbabaEnlarge image
Ambassador Joachim Schmidt opened the Second Meeting of the Police Strategic Support Group (PSSG) in Addis Ababa on 28 November. The Group has the mandate to harmonize police action across AU peace operations and to ensure a rapid deployment of police through the African Standby Force. Germany has had a long-standing partnership with the AU in supporting the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and has supported the Police Component of the Peace Support Operations Divisions (PSOD) since 2008. The PSSG will serve as a coordination mechanism to create positive change through concrete action for the law enforcement in Africa.