PSC urged to do more to prevent conflict on African continent

WINDHOEK; President Hifikepunye Pohamba says there are still a number of areas in which more effort needs to be made in order to prevent conflict on the African continent.

The Head of State said this while speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 25 to 27 June 2014.

His statement was availed to Nampa by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

The PSC is the AU’s standing decision-making body responsible for the maintenance of continental peace and security.

It has 15 members, elected by the AU Executive Council on a regional basis – three from Central Africa; three from East Africa; two from North Africa; three from Southern Africa; and four from West Africa.

Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa; Special Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh; Namibia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Anne Namakau-Mutelo; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Wilfried Emvula; and other senior government officials form part of the presidential entourage to the summit.

“There are a number of areas in which more efforts need to be made in order to prevent conflicts on the continent. These include deepening inclusive and accountable governance, expanding democracy, and the increased use of preventative diplomacy in order to avert potential conflicts through the Regional Economic Communities,” Pohamba said.

He stated that as the council embarks on the implementation of Agenda 2063, it is imperative that it works harder to conclude the mechanisms for the mobilisation of alternative sources of funding for the operations of the AU.

Agenda 2063 is both a vision and an action plan, and is a call for action to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny.

Pohamba said it is also equally important that the council encourages dialogue between parties to conflicts to resolve their differences before they degenerate into violence and open war.

“The threats to peace and security need consistent action. This demands the AU in general and the PSC in particular to strengthen its capacity to manage and address these challenges,” he noted.

It is incumbent upon them as leaders, Pohamba added, to demonstrate the necessary leadership and political will in order to bring an end to conflict and wars that have caused the deaths of millions of Africans.