Ethiopia: AU Summit unhappy over weak UN Security Council nod in terror fight

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Summit has slammed the UN Security Council for passing a “weak” resolution backing the deployment of a military force to combat Islamist terrorism in the Sahel region, saying the growing terrorism threat in the region could not be tackled conventionally.

The African Union Summit, which wound up its sittings in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, which was dedicated to among others, discussions on the UN Reforms, resolved it would resort to new measures to ensure the UN Security Council responds to its proposals for a permanent seat at the Council.

“We are still analysing what we can do for the UN Security Council to respond to our requests. Africa is not divided on this issue,” said AU Chairman President Alpha Conde after chairing the 29th session of the AU heads of state and government assembly on Tuesday.

The African leaders said the steps taken by the Group of Five (G5) countries in the Sahel region—Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger - to deploy troops to battle growing terrorism in the region, should become the model of operations in Africa, without waiting for UN troops from other countries.  

“We wish to see this become the practice. African countries can mobilise troops and we only move to the UN to request for technical and financial support instead of waiting for UN troops to come from Bangladesh,” the AU Chairman told a news conference in Addis Ababa.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Sahel region for a meeting with the region’s leaders and to launch the peacekeeping operation in Mali.

The AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said the AU welcomed the passing of the UN Resolution on G5, but had hopes for a much more robust resolution to combat terrorism.

“We hoped to have a stronger UN Resolution. We had hoped the UN would take more robust steps to combat terrorism, which has spread around Africa. We are facing the threat of terrorism in the East African region, we have problems in West Africa and the Sahel,” the AUC chief said.

The Joint Force for the Group of Five for the Sahel States (FC-G5S) is expected to combat the persistent threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crimes.

Following the UN Security Council’s Resolution, which echoed the African Union’s Peace and Security Council position on addressing organized crimes including arms, drugs and human trafficking with the aim of protecting civilians and promoting peace, security and stability in the region, the AU applauded the move.

However, the AU officials say the UN’s reliance on peacekeeping operations was outdated and  unlikely to lead to meaningful changes on the ground where the fight against terrorism was concerned.

The AU official said: “We hope that the UN takes steps to combat terrorism as a whole. Africa has become a theatre of terrorism. Peace operations inherited from the World Wars are no longer effective,” Mahamat said.
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04 juillet 2017 16:42:20

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