24 January 2013

Africa: AU Commission Chairperson Calls for Operation of Standby Force

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Addis Ababa — The chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Nkozasana Dlamini-Zuma Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, urged for the need to put into operation the African Standby Force, with a view to providing the continent with a quick response to the conflicts and other situations that require their intervention.

The African Union Commission official made the appeal at the opening of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Commission running till Friday.

Zuma said that with the coming into operation of this force, Africa could get an ability to respond to critical situations currently faced with the emergence of old and new crises.

On the other hand, the chairperson of the African Union Commission stressed that the Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) has been a tool for conflict management on the continent, as evidenced by the results achieved in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Madagascar.

She also spoke of the recent conflict resurfaced in eastern DR Congo, Guinea-Bissau, the Central African Republic, Mali and the Sahel that has posed the regional and continental multifaceted challenges.

According to the leader of the AU Commission, the ongoing emergence of new crises and conflicts continue to call for urgent attention by the continental organisation.

The South African diplomat, in the service of the AU, stressed that the challenges facing the continent today, despite the difficulties, are not invincible, should there is unity and a collective will to overcome them.

Speaking on the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU - on May 25, 1963), she stressed that the anniversary provides an opportunity to create new paradigms for sustainability, relying on the capacity of Africans to achieve peace and prosperity.

She also informed that the 22nd session of the AU Commission, opened Thursday, will address important results achieved in the last six months with a view to finding solutions to these situations in order to foresee the actions to be submitted to the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the AU, taking place Saturday and Sunday.

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