NAMIBIA COMMITTED TO PEACE AND STABILITY, SAYS PRESIDENT POHAMBA

WINDHOEK, Feb 21 (NNN-NAMPA) — Namibia remains committed to peace and stability in the country, on the continent and in the world at large, says President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

“It is for this reason that Namibia has made available men and women in uniform to serve in peace-keeping operations in different countries on the continent,” he said during his annual New Year’’s greeting ceremony for members of the diplomatic corps at State House here Wednesday.

He expressed the hope that the conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) would be resolved speedily in order to avert further suffering of innocent civilians, especially women and children.

Somalia has been rocked by civil war for many years between the Transitional Federal Government and the Islamist group, Al-Shabaab. In 2011, a co-ordinated military operation to regain control of the country from the militants began involving the Somali military and multinational forces.

Meanwhile, violence broke out in the South Sudan capital, Juba, in mid-December last year and later spread to three of its States, as forces loyal to President Salva Kiir battled anti-government elements linked to the country’s former vice-president, Riek Machar, and left thousand innocent people dead and many more displaced.

The CAR bush war began with the rebellion by the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR) rebels, led by Michel Djotodia, after CAR President Francois Bozize seized control in 2003. The fighting began in 2004, and about 10,000 people have been displaced because of the civil unrest.

Pohamba said Namibia also supported the people of Mali and Madagascar as they moved towards national reconciliation and economic reconstruction of their countries.

““We will make use of our two-year tenure on the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council to contribute, in our small way, to the consolidation of peace and stability on the continent,”” he said.

The Head of State said Namibia firmly supported the efforts of the AU and the United Nations in assisting the people of Western Sahara to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination.

Pohamba used the opportunity to reiterate Namibia’s call for the full implementation of the UN’ resolutions on Palestine, in view of the UN General Assembly’s declaration that 2014 is “The Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”.

He also re’affirmed Namibia’’s support for the African common position on the reform of the UN system, especially the Security Council, to make it more representative, democratic, transparent and effective.

The Namibian leader further expressed gratitude and appreciation to countries and organizations which rendered assistance to Namibia for it to cope with natural disasters in the form of prolonged droughts and floods.

Source:NAMPA

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