Saftey and securty meeting essential for peace
January 09, 2018
Addis Abiba, Ethiopia:South Africa is participating in the 13th Ordinary meeting of the African Chiefs of defence and heads of security and safety services, that is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The meeting was inaugurated on Monday, January 08, 2018.
During the meeting that is underway, participants different African countries will assess and examine several issues related to safety in Africa and African societies, and also discuss the report of the Specialized Technical Committee on Defense, Safety and Security.
Representing South Africa is the Minister of Correctional Services, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
Spokesperson for the Department of Correctional Services, Joy Peter stated that the meeting was scheduled to discuss a number of essential issues in relation to safety and security in African countries.
“Topping the agenda will be a report by the Assessment Team that undertook verifications in the regions of the status of the Regional Standby Forces. The team will present the final African Standby Force Assessment Report to the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security,” said Peters.
The main purpose of the African Standby Force is to provide the AU with capabilities to respond to conflicts around Africa through the deployment of peacekeeping forces.
The establishment of the force is seen as a step towards reducing reliance on foreign powers, whose forces are deployed in Africa’s conflict zones, which often causes tensions as African leaders seek African solutions for African problems.
Speaking at the meeting on behalf of the Chairperson of the African Chiefs of Defence Staff and Heads of Safety and Security, General David Muhoozi, Commissioner Smail Chergui said The annual meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security(STCDSS) is a key event in addressing peace and security issues in Africa as they unfold.
“The annual meeting of the STCDSS is a key event in addressing peace and security issues in Africa as they unfold. As you are all aware, the ASF is a key element of the African Peace and Security Architecture as articulated in the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the AU Peace and Security Council. Indeed, across the past several years, the ASF has remained to date, the most glaring gap in the on-going implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture, thereby impacting on Africa’s capacity to more proactively and timeously prevent conflicts or resolve existing ones.
“The decisions taken by the Assembly and the PSC have since created the requisite momentum to fill this gap. I am, therefore delighted to note that key milestones have been achieved since your last meeting held in Addis Ababa, from 1 to 4 June 2016,” emphasized Chergui.