ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- The
African Union (AU) has reiterated the need to promote greater cooperation with
the United Nations (UN) and the international community to support African
capacities in addressing peace and security challenges in Africa.
the UN Security Council, Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security,
noted that AU is an indispensable partner in promoting peace and security in
Africa, and it is invariably contributing to addressing global security
challenges, according to a statement from the pan-African bloc on Thursday.
conflict prevention remains the most cost effective conflict management tools
but yet the least resourced, the Commissioner noted that AU and UN should
establish an institutional approach for real-time consultations and joint
activities to the prevention of conflicts in Africa.
coordination between the AU and its relevant organs; strengthening platforms for
engagement in early warning issues; assisting AU member states to strengthen
their own national peace infrastructure; and assisting member states to identify
and address local, political and socio-economic root causes of conflicts, are
some of the priorities the AU official underlined for cooperation with UN.
Commissioner has also underlined the need to support the enhancement of the
operational readiness of the African Standby Force.
that the spread of violent extremism remains a source of concern, Chergui called
for support to AU’s efforts in countering violent extremism through greater
investment in political, human rights, humanitarian and developmental
authorization of regional coalitions such the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF)
against Boko Haram and the G5 Sahel force are innovative ways through which the
African Union and its Member States are responding to the prevalence of
terrorist activities within the framework of the African Union Peace and
Security Architecture,” he said.
prolonged conflicts and governance deficits provide fertile grounds for a cycle
of radicalization and extremism. Therefore, the African Union and United Nations
must work together in resolving seemingly intractable conflicts by building
resilience through sustainable post-conflict reconstruction and development
initiatives,” he added.
Commissioner has also underlined the need to work together on issues related to
the financing of peace support operations on the continent.