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Museveni, Kagame Pledge Troops for E.A. Standby Force


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President Museveni attended this meeting alongside Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza, Ethiopia’s Hailemariam Desalegn, Dr. Ikililou Dhoinine President of the Union of Comoros and Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto.

Others include Minister of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti Mahmoud Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles Jean-Paul Adam, Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and Gen Bakry Hassan Sakih, First Vice President of Sudan.

“Of course we shall pay our assessed contribution. The money we lose through insecurity in the region is much more than that for peace,” said Museveni, according to his Special Communications Assistant, Sarah Kagingo.

“If you are to compute the money in trade losses because of the instability in Congo, you will find that it is huge. Therefore, it is not a question of pledging, it is understanding the comparison between gains and losses,” President Museveni said as he addressed the Summit.

He also pledged a battalion to the Standby Force.

The development comes against the backdrop of increased terrorist attacks in the region especially Kenya and reports that DRC-based FDLR militia are finalising plans to destabilise Rwanda.

Observers say the decision to form the standby force confirms the budding relations between East African nations to safeguard the region against negative elements.

The Eastern Africa Standby Force is a regional organization whose mandate is to enhance peace and security in the Eastern Africa region.

It is one of the five regional multidimensional Forces of the African Standby Force (ASF) consisting of Military, Police and Civilian components.

EASF was established as a regional mechanism to provide capability for rapid deployment of forces to carry out preventive deployment, rapid intervention, peace support/stability operations and peace enforcement.

Its main role will be to contribute to regional and continental peace through a regional conflict prevention, management and resolution capability able to respond effectively to crisis within Eastern Africa and across the African continent.

A fully operational and multidimensional integrated Eastern Africa Standby Force is expected to be ready for deployment by 2015.

The establishment of EASF followed the decision of the Summit of the African Union held in July 2004 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to create the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade (EASBRIG). The MOU, signed in April 2005 (and as amended in January 2011) expressly establishes the EASF as a constituent organization of the African Standby Force (ASF).

In March 2007, the Council of Ministers of Defence and Security established a Coordination Mechanism called EASFCOM (formerly EASBRICOM). The establishment is based on past experiences of conflicts in Africa, such as the Rwanda Genocide, war in Sudan, war in Somalia among others.

The Eastern Africa region continues to be faced with challenges of conflict and internal problems impacting on peace and security.


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