Africa is faced with various emergencies which require new approaches in solving, says the Chairman of the African Union (AU), President Idriss Deby of Chad.

Noting that security is a fundamental factor which required special attention to enable the continent achieve its development agenda, he adds: “The problems we face can no longer be solved with the old methods. We need to confront them with new approaches.”

Addressing the opening of the 27th Ordinary Summit of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government here Sunday, Deby observed that the rate of emergencies in the continent called for a fully equipped organ to adapt with the trend.

he added that the latest violence in South Sudan, during which more than 300 people were killed and thousands displaced, reminded Africa of the need for constant adaptation to the AU.

“The African Heads of States are concerned about the ongoing conflicts in South Sudan and other countries, including Somalia, Burundi and the Lake Chad basin,” he stressed.

He called on South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar to abide by the Addis Ababa peace accord which they signed last year.

Deby said that cases of internal conflicts and international terrorism now called for an African standby force for rapid deployment and he proposed the setting up of a special fund to help deal with the upsurge of terrorism in the continent.

“It has come to a time that we must mobilize our own resources in order to deal with cases of terrorism, extremism and violence in the continent,” he added.

He said the historical approval of a local funding mechanism by the member States was expected to contribute immensely to restoring peace and security in the continent.

Deby noted that the AU’s ambitious programmes were unlikely to succeed if there was lack of peace and security. “Let all the member States pay up their due contributions to help us reduce dependency on foreign funding,” he added.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, the AU’s secretariat, Dr. Nkosazana Ndlamini-Zuma told the meeting that populations in Africa were busy working hard and looking forward for sustained peace in nation building.

She called on the heads of State to ensure that freedom of the press and speech was maintained in the continent to help foster development.


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