UN Security Council adopts peacekeeping reforms

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution on the importance of reforming UN peace keeping operations to ensure they become responsible, efficient and transparent with several other sub regions in the continent.

Instability remains a major cause of concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan where most of the troops have been deployed.

“We must recognize the primacy of politics so that peace operations are deployed in support of active diplomatic efforts not as a substitute. If we can do better on prevention, mediation and peace building we can reduce the unrealistic and dangerous demands on our colleagues in uniform,” UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said

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The African Union wants to become more proactive and insists on its implication on all decisions linked to peace operations on the continent.

“Permit me to confirm in a strategic and resolute manner the partnership between our two organisations especially on financial resolutions. This will help us avoid frequent criticisms.

For several years now we have been criticised of being too theoretical as well as encouraging bureaucracy which makes it difficult for us to get the required results,” the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, said.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also called for an assessment on the ongoing peacekeeping operations to see what improvements can be made to effectively address the challenges.

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He promised that progress will be made in implementing the reforms over the next few months with the consent of African representatives.

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