Annan pats AU for addressing security challenges

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The leadership of the African Union (AU) Monday received kudos from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for the able manner the organisation was tackling security challenges on the continent.
"I will continue to advocate greater international support for the AU's emerging role in this area, including through the 10-year capacity building plan," Annan said at the opening of the two-day 5th Ordinary AU Summit in Sirte, Libya.
He decried "peace-building gaps, in which too many countries emerging from conflict are left to lapse back into violence, for lack of international support for disarmament and other steps towards recovery and reconstruction.
" According to the UN chief, the world will not enjoy development without security, nor security without development, adding that both will elude the world without respect for human rights.
On conflicts in Africa, he said the focus should be on the issue of responsibility to protect, noting that inaction in the face of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity was "unacceptable.
" "Indeed, the AU's own Constitutive Act provided for intervention by the Union in such grave circumstances.
Surely, our world body (UN) should apply no less a standard.
Human beings threatened with such terrible crimes are entitled to look for protection not only from their neighbours, but also the international community as a whole.
We must not repeat the inadequate responses of the past," Annan stressed.

04 july 2005 17:38:00

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