Saturday, February 28, 2004
Africa has its fair share of wars and humanitarian disasters, and this agreement, if followed through, could go a long way toward improving the situation.| |
African leaders meeting in Libya have agreed to set up a joint military force which could intervene to end civil wars or prevent genocide...Congratulations are in order for these African leaders for their actions today.
Heads of state and prime ministers of the 53-nation African Union unanimously approved the document called Common Defence and Security Policy for Africa.
The African Standby Force will begin deploying about 15,000 troops by 2005.
It will have a peace-building and humanitarian role, and may intervene unilaterally in the event of "war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as a serious threat to legitimate order," the text said.