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African Leaders Draw Plans To Defeat Coups

African leaders at last year's AU Summit in Ethiopia

dosage http://cdkstone.com.au/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>The development comes high on the heels of coups and rebellions that have in recent years toppled Presidents in Mali and Central African Republic.

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The African Union assembly sitting in Addis Ababa, http://christchurchcathedral.org.au/wp-includes/embed.php Ethiopia on Sunday resolved “recalled the challenges encountered in the operationalization of the African Standby Force (ASF) and its Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) and decided in principle to immediately establish, as a transitional arrangement and pending the full operationalization of the ASF and its RDC, an African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises.”

The new initiative is expected to provide the AU with a “flexible and robust force, made up of military/police capabilities, force enablers and multipliers, equipment and resources to be voluntarily provided by Member States on the basis of their willingness and capabilities, to be deployed very rapidly to effectively respond to emergency situations, within the framework of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).”

AU further decided that the contributions towards the operationalisation of the force will be promptly provided by individual Member States and by the regional capabilities being developed within the framework of ASF.

It also decided that Member States willing and ready to immediately contribute military and police capabilities, force enablers and multipliers, as well as equipment and financial resources and any other necessary assets, or make a contribution in any specific area among the above, will make appropriate notification to the AU Commission at their earliest convenience.

The Assembly said it was determined that this strategic endeavor of historic value and scope is aimed at helping in bringing about African solutions to Africa’s problems and calls for continued commitment and involvement of Heads of State and Government themselves.

East Africa is equally training a rapid force to deal with security emergencies in the region. The recent training of armed forces from Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda among others came to an end last week.


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