SEMINAR ON PEACE, SECURITY IN AFRICA CALLS FOR ROADMAP TO SILENCE THE GUNS

Participants of the 4th High-level Seminar on Peace and Security in Africa, which wrapped up here Monday, have recommended that a roadmap on practical measures to silence the guns by 2020 be drawn up.

In their final communique, they stressed the need for the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council to speed up the drafting of a roadmap on practical measures to achieve this goal by 2020.

The participants also underlined the key role to be played by African countries in the promotion and preservation of peace, security, stability and justice, as well as in meeting the needs of people for respect for human rights.

In this regard, they emphasized the need to strengthen the AU's capacity to prevent conflicts, in collaboration with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and regional mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution, as well as with individual AU member States.

They also called for strong co-operation between the AU Peace and Security Council and the United Nations Security Council and the RECs, among others, in the resolution of conflicts and crises in Africa.

They recommended the "mobilization of the international community to help Africa in the fight against the illegal proliferation of small arms and light weapons and the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty", the multilateral treaty which regulates the international trade in conventional weapons which entered into force on Dec 24, 2014.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK