Special Reports

MPs Back Standby Force For Africa

patient http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-posts.php geneva;”>The MPs meeting for the Second Session of the Third Pan African Parliament in Midrand, http://csol.pt/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/category_item.php South Africa on Thursday, http://cirnow.com.au/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/domain-mapping.php said it was embarrassing that Africa has to refer their conflicts to its former colonizers for solutions.

The Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, H.E Arcano Maria do Nascimento, said in a report on peace and security in Africa that an African standby force “is of critical importance to Africa’s peace efforts.”

“The crisis in Mali, where Africa was unable to intervene in response to the call by the Malian authorities at a moment of critical need, and the flashpoints existing on our continent, illustrate how urgent it is for Africa to equip itself with a rapid deployment capability,” said Nascimento, who is also the Ambassador of Angola to both Ethiopia and the AU.

According to a brief by the Ugandan Parliament, Nascimento said a Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security involving African Chiefs of Defence staff and Ministers of Defence meeting in Addis Ababa at the end of April had also backed the proposal to have the standby force.

He however said that “It is equally essential that all of us in Africa deepen the democratization process, ensure good governance and respect for human rights. This will go a long way to assist in our conflict prevention efforts.”

The report by the Ambassador covered the situations in Mali, Central African Republic, Great Lakes Region, Somalia, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Western Sahara and Ethiopia/Eritrea.

Representatives from Sudan said Africa should learn from their conflict with South Sudan, which was largely solved without help from western powers.

Hon. Elamin Dafalla Gasm (Sudan) said there were similarities in the causes of conflict in the different parts of Africa, and that in most parts, politicians “reject the transfer of power through smooth elections.”

Hon. Onyango Kakoba (Uganda) said Somalia still poses a threat of terrorism in the region. He appealed to African countries that promised to send troops to the troubled country to fulfill their pledges, as the African Union (AU) forces gains more ground in the country.

Hon. Joseph NJOBVUYALEMA (Malawi) however faulted the committees for relying on second hand information and not getting to the ground while writing their reports. He was also unhappy that the prevailing conflicts will prevent African countries from attaining the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Uganda’s other representatives to PAP are Hon. Cecilia Atim Ogwal; Hon. Sam Amooti Otada (Kibanda), Hon. Jacqueline Amongin (Ngora) and Hon. Beatrice Barumba (Kiruhura district).


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