African Union to demarcate borders to limit cross-border conflicts

Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- Africa could soon end its border- ignited conflic ts following the commencement of an African Union (AU)-sanctioned programme to d e marcate the borders and eliminate conflicts, an AU Commissioner said here Monday .
AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ramantane Lamamra said the Commission had sig ned a US$ 40 million peace support programme with the Italian government to supp o rt the regional border projects on border delimitation and demarcation.
The new project comes on the heels of an on-going border dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti, with the former having stationed its troops inside Djibouti, in a n effort to grab the region, known as Ras Doumeira, which is recognised as Djibou t ian territory.
The commissioner and the African Affairs Director at the Italian Ministry of For eign Affairs, Armando Sanguini, announced the Italian funding for the cross-bord e r initiatives on the sidelines of the on-going African Union Heads of State Summ i t.
AU Commission President Jean Ping said the border issue between Eritrea and Djib outi was "deeply troubling and worrying" to him.
"We need peaceful resolution to the conflict," he urged.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro also added her voice to the border conflicts in Africa and emphasised on the need to consolidate peace.
Ambassador Lamamra, who recently took over at the AU Peace and Security Commissi on, said the funds would be spent on recruitment of staff to promote the new bor d er security roadmap of the organisation.
It will also use the money in anti-terrorism efforts across the continent.
The funds are also to be spent on ensuring that the formation of an African stan dby force becomes a reality.
"The conflicts in Africa show that extra-efforts are required for the AU to defi ne the borders.
We need to contribute to these programmes more strategically bec a use peace and securityare indivisible," he said.

30 june 2008 19:30:00




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