Nigeria: AU commends ECOWAS on peacekeeping operations

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has commended ECOWAS for its role in peacekeeping operations on the continent, the ECOWAS Commission said in Abuja on Thursday.

The commendation came during the formal introduction of Ambassador Augustine Philip Mahiga as the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission (SRCC) at the Amani Africa II Field Training Exercise currently taking place concurrently in the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Lohatla in South Africa

Ambassador Mahiga recalled the pioneering role of ECOWAS when it mandated the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) to enforce peace in Liberia and Sierra-Leone which, he said, paved the way for peace enforcement as part of peacekeeping missions.

He said both the United Nations (UN) and the AU, with all their experiences, had to take a cue from ECOWAS in terms of deploying a peace enforcement mission where the warring parties were not amenable to political negotiations.

The SRCC also recalled the enormous loss of lives in many countries around the world due to the inability of the comity of nations to act and stop impunity under the doctrine of non-interference.

He therefore called on the rest of the world to emulate ECOWAS, while applauding the initiative of the AU to have an African Standby Force (ASF) as part of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).

This, he said, will ensure quick response and intervention when conflicts occurred in any part of the continent.

With the training of the regional standby forces including the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) as part of the ASF, during the AMANI Africa II Field Training Exercise, the SRCC believes the nations of Africa have shown leadership, commitment and concern for their citizens.
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05 november 2015 13:46:49

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