360° Coverage : African defence ministers vow to enhance peace in region

7 Updates
African defence ministers vow to enhance peace in region
Photo Credit: AMOS GUMULIRA, Getty Images

African defence ministers vow to enhance peace in region

Aug 18 2013, 9:18am CDT | by IANS

Nairobi, Aug 18 (IANS) Defence ministers from East African countries have wrapped up their meeting here vowing to enhance peace and security in the troubled region.

Nairobi, Aug 18 — Defence ministers from East African countries have wrapped up their meeting here vowing to enhance peace and security in the troubled region. The ministers met to discuss effective...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

African defence ministers vow to enhance peace in region

Aug 18 2013, 9:18am CDT | by IANS

Nairobi, Aug 18 (IANS) Defence ministers from East African countries have wrapped up their meeting here vowing to enhance peace and security in the troubled region.

Nairobi, Aug 18 — Defence ministers from East African countries have wrapped up their meeting here vowing to enhance peace and security in the troubled region.

The ministers met to discuss effective strategies to strengthen an Eastern African Standby Force (EASF) created by the African Union to promote regional peace and stability, reported Xinhua.

The meeting came after the region's leaders in April agreed to set up a 5,500-strong rapid reaction force to help end wars and civil conflicts on the continent.

Leaders and officials from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somali, Sudan, the Comoros, Eritrea, Rwanda, Madagascar, Kenya and the Seychelles signed a deal on April 11 in Ethiopia, outlining the mission's legal and policy details together with sources for its $2.5 million annual budget.

EASF is one of the five regional components of the African Standby Force (ASF) established by the African Union for the purpose of containing conflicts and enhancing peace and security on the continent.

The ASF, mooted about 10 years ago, was meant to be a sort of a rapid reaction force that would have an early warning mechanism, for instance sending an advance party of conflict resolution and peace enforcement experts in a county showing signs of imminent conflict.

It is planned to be able to deploy in two weeks in cases of sporadic conflict and within 30 days of approval by the Africa Union Commission for normal operation.

"Currently, EASF draws its membership from 10 active member states including Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda," said Brig. Gen. Cyrille Ndayirukiye, the director of EASF Coordinating Mechanism (EASFCOM).

Different donors have already reportedly offered financial assistance to build the force that is expected to be ready for deployment by 2015 in conflict resolution missions.

Similar training are being held by various countries under regional blocs like the South African Development Community, the Economic Community for Central African States and the Economic Community of Western African States.

It is envisaged that by 2015, these regional blocs will have developed the capacity of their armies to constitute a regional force for the African Union capable of responding to any eventuality.

ASF has five brigades compromising of civilian, military and police components - divided among the five regional blocks. Progress in establishing full brigades varies from region to region.

ASF's full actualization has been postponed nearly three times; first in 2008, then 2010, 2013 and now has been put to 2015.

AU officials say the launching of the new force still requires time, additional military expertise, financial and equipment support. The force will also require intelligence capability to be effective.

It is estimated that conflicts in Africa cost the continent over $300 billion between 1990 and 2005, an amount equivalent to all the international aid received by sub-Saharan Africa in the same period, according to a study by Oxfam International, the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and Saferworld.

Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Defense Rachael Omamo, who spoke during the 15th ordinary meeting of the Council of Defence Ministers on Saturday, said the region is not insulated from complexities of life that bring about social instability, upheavals and general insecurity.

Events in the Great Lakes region, Somalia and Sudan bear witness to this testimony, she added.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
7

1 day ago

UN review finds Darfur mission held back info

Oct 29 2014 1:25pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations review has found that the U.N.-African Union joint peacekeeping mission in Darf ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
6

2 weeks ago

Doctors Without Borders loses 9 medics to Ebola

Oct 14 2014 9:16am CDT | Source: WND

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International aid organization Doctors Without Borders said that 16 of its staff members have been infected with Ebola and nine of them have died. Speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg Tuesday, the head of Doctors Without Borders in South Africa Sharon Ekambaram said medical workers have received inadequate assistance from the international community. “Where is WHO Africa? Where is the African Union?” said Ekambaram who worked ...
Source: WND  Full article at: WND
 

 
Update
5

3 weeks ago

Al-Shabab Militants Pushed Out Of Last Significant Stronghold In Somalia

Oct 5 2014 2:41pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — African Union and Somali troops on Sunday won control of a key coastal town that had been used by the Islamic militants of al-Shabab, forcing the insurgents from their last significant stronghold and major money-making port. The African Union said that Barawe, 220 kilometers (135 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, had not been controlled by Somali government forces since 1993. Al-Shabab used the B ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
4

3 weeks ago

African Union, Somali troops retake Shabaab stronghold of Barawe

Oct 5 2014 6:24am CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Feisal Omar BARAWE Somalia (Reuters) - About 1,000 African Union and Somali troops took control on Sunday of the al Shabaab ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
3

7 weeks ago

REPORT: Peacekeepers Sexually Exploited And Abused Women And Girls In Somalia

Sep 8 2014 10:57am CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

CREDIT: AP Images Multiple women and girls were sexually abused and exploited by United Nations-backed troops with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), according to a new Human Rights Watch report issued Monday morning. HRW found 21 cases of “sexual exploitation and abuse” by AMISOM soldiers between 2013 and 2014 alone, including instances of gang rape. Most acts of sexual violence occurred when women and girls sought out “medicine or humanitarian services” at an AMISOM base ...
Source: ThinkProgress   Full article at: ThinkProgress
 

 
Update
1

7 weeks ago

Peacekeepers in Somalia use aid to rape women and buy sex for $5: HRW

Sep 8 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African Union (AU) peacekeepers in Somalia rape women seeking medi ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Boko Haram seizes control of Nigerian town
Nairobi, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) Militants of the Boko Haram radical Islamist group have seized the important northeastern Nigerian town of Mubi, days after the government confirmed that ceasefire negotiations were still continuing, media reported on Friday.
 
 
Three schoolchildren stabbed in China
Beijing, Oct 31 (IANS) Police in east China's Jiangxi province have launched a manhunt after two schoolchildren were stabbed to death and another sustained serious injuries Friday.
 
 
IS now teaching 'how to be good wives of jihad'
London, Oct 31 (IANS) The notorious militant organisation Islamic State (IS) appears to have started influencing women by providing guidelines on how to be the ultimate wives of IS fighters in Syria and Iraq.
 
 
PLO holds Israel responsible for Mideast peace failure
Ramallah, Oct 31 (IANS) A senior Palestinian official Friday held Israel responsible for the failure of the Middle East peace process due to the Jewish state's measures and practices on the ground.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

How Paul Walker would've reacted to 'Furious 7' trailer
Los Angeles, Oct 31 (IANS) Actress Michelle Rodriguez believes that late actor Paul Walker would have been amazed after watching the "Furious 7" trailer. "He would gaze with his beautiful blue eyes and that wonderful...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Bahrain on alert over jihadi threat to school teachers
Manama, Oct 31 (IANS) A security alert has been issued by the US Navy warning of jihadi calls to attack Western school teachers in Bahrain. Drawing attention to the danger, the Naval Support Activity Bahrain in an...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Britain to repay part of First World War debt
London, Oct 31 (IANS) British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Friday announced that the British government will pay off part of the country's First World War debt as part of the redemption of bonds...
Read more on Business Balla
 
North Korea denounces South Korea for delaying OPCON takeover
Pyongyang, Oct 31 (IANS) North Korea has denounced South Korea for delaying retaking wartime operational control (OPCON) of troops from the US, saying the move has taken the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of war". The...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
UN-Habitat presents the first World Cities Day
Shanghai, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), headed by former Barcelona mayor Joan Clos, Friday launched its first World Cities Day in China, to be held every Oct 31 to promote...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Asian integration could boost organised crime: UN
Bangkok, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) The UN Friday called on Southeast Asian countries to take measures to prevent the current increase in trade and migratory flows from causing the expansion of organized crime. According to...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta cast in Go With Me
Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta have been added to the cast of Anthony Hopkins' new film 'Go With Me'. The action-drama, which will begin shooting in mid-November, tells the story of a young woman who returns to her home...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Seth Rogen to star in Steve Jobs biopic
Seth Rogen is in talks to star in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic. The 'Bad Neighbours' star is in negotiations with the studio to take on the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak - who created the Apple I computer and co-...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Jennifer Lopez has struggled to love herself
Jennifer Lopez say she's spent much of her life beating herself up for not being good enough. The 'Dance Again' hitmaker, who has six-year-old twins Max and Emme with her third ex-husband, Marc Anthony, puts a lot of...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Julianne Hough's teary tribute to sister
Julianne Hough broke down in tears while praising her older sister. The 26-year-old singer/songwriter made an emotional speech in which she praised her older sister, Sharee Wise, admitting her sibling inspired her to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla