Army General wants African peacekeeping force established

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A Tanzanian army general has recommended the establishment of an African peacekeeping force that could be deployed in war stricken countries, the official Daily News reported Tuesday.
Speaking at the opening a three-week UN military observers' course for SADC member states in the northern region of Arusha, Maj.
Gen.
Bakari Shaaban insisted that such a force should be maintained with adequate peacekeeping training programmes.
"Africa should ensure ownership of a peacekeeping force by retaining command, control and communications of peacekeeping operations in Africa, including training," the paper quoted him as saying.
Military delegates from 13 of the 14 SADC member states are attending the course, the first to be held in Tanzania outside the Harare-based SADC Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre.
Swaziland is not represented.
The course, the seventh in a series of joint SADC military exercises, is aimed at alerting selected officers from the rank of captain to lieutenant-colonel to serve as military observers in any part of the world on UN, OAU or SADC observer missions.

03 july 2001 14:03:00




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