11 February 2019

Africa Decides to Address Violence, Its Expansive Impact - PSC

Addis Ababa — The African heads of states have decided that more focus to be given in addressing the acts of violence, terrorism and its drastic impacts, Commissioner for Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU Ambassador Smaïl Chergui said.

In briefing journalists today, Ambassador Chergui said that the heads of states have discussed on the roadmap in silencing the guns throughout the continent.

"Comprehensive manner means not only military and security response, but also other means in terms of governance and making sure that no one is left behind in terms of development," he elaborated.

The impact of terrorism is immense in displacing people and terrorism remains the global threat, he said, and noted "we are hoping that the international community can mobilize as they did in Iraq and Syria to address it with the necessary means."

The Commissioner for Peace and Security hastened to say "terrorism did not start in Africa; you know where it started in Afghanistan and elsewhere. So, for example those who destroyed Libya bear the first responsibility to help and support African countries."

According to the commissioner, the revitalized peace agreement in South Sudan, cease fire in Central Africa, the election in Democratic Republic of Congo and the forthcoming inclusive reconciliation conference are the achievements of peace in the continent.

Furthermore, Ambassador Chergui stressed "you need to gain the hearts and minds of our young people, you need to give them hope and I think this is the challenge."

He added that prevention, capacity building of member states and peace support operations are the engagements of the commission to ensure a peaceful Africa.

The 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) is expected to wrap-up the two-day summit today with decisions to advance the institutional reforms and sustain issues of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) across the continent.

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