EU commits 800 million Euro to support AU in promoting peace in Africa

The European Union (EU) has committed some 800 million Euro to support the African Union (AU) in its efforts to promote peace, security and stability in Africa, within the context of the continuous implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture.

The President of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamet, and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, announced the signing of the agreement in Addis Abeba, on 22nd July.

Commissioner Mimica said that Europe continued to be the first partner for Africa in the area of peace and security. Since 2004, the Fund for Peace in Africa has provided 2,700 million Euro to support African solutions to African problems. The majority of the additional 800 million Euro will be used in operations of support for peace aimed at African partners.

In this phase of the Fund for Peace in Africa, the EU will support the strengthening of the structures and mechanisms for prevention, management and resolution of conflicts under the African Peace and Security Architecture; the efforts of the AU to establish a framework of compliance for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law; a rapid response mechanism which will provide the African Union with rapid funds for preventive diplomacy, mediation, research missions and the first stages of peace support operations.

It also includes financing of peace support operations controlled by Africa, such as the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), against Boko Haram, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), or the G5 Sahel Joint Force, with respect to the development of capabilities, the deployment of troops, and non-lethal equipment.

Furthermore, it will support the efforts of the AU to promote the principles and practices of gender and Human Rights in peace support operations.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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