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East African Standby Force to be Ready by December

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Speaking to journalists on Monday, Maj. Gen. Francis Okello said the move is to integrate all the countries in the region to embrace the force in pushing it forward for a common goal of promoting security and peace.


He said all heads of the East African countries came up with a resolution a few months ago to put this force in place to help the region in cases of calamities.

“All heads of States for the East African countries came up with a resolution a few months ago to have this force which will help in times of calamities. In fact if it had been formed earlier, it would have helped to save lives of the South Sudanese who have been killed since WAR broke out last year,” Okello explained.

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.

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.

The group’s mission to develop a fully operational and multidimensional integrated Eastern Africa Standby Force ready for deployment by 2015.

The need for a common African Defence and Security mechanism was a key feature of the Inaugural Summit of the African Union (AU), held in Durban, South Africa, in July 2002.

The African leaders felt compelled to develop African solutions that would respond to the multifaceted challenges threatening stability, security and cooperation on the continent.

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