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Saturday, February 28, 2004

African security 

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...

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.
Congratulations are in order for these African leaders for their actions today.
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