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Africa About To Have Its Own Peacekeeping Force

The United Nations ‘Under Secretary General’ for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous said Africa is about to have its own peacekeeping force

The assertion by United Nations peacekeeping boss, Herve Ladsous, that an Africa rapid response force would become a reality. In July was music to the ears of those countries tired of taking on more than their share of peacekeeping operations.

There are currently 100,000 blue-helmets deployed in 9 African countries, 80% of the world organization’s peacekeeping operations. That is two times as many as there were 10 years ago. The largest of these missions is in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1997, African leaders resolved to set up a standby force that would have each of the continent’s 5 regions supply a brigade of soldiers. One of which would be in a state of readiness at any given time.

The delay in getting this plan off the ground led some African leaders to set up the rapid response force to operate in the interim.


Culled from Forbes Africa

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