“Borders must no longer be conflict zones,” says AU Commissioner

Published on : Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:40   Read : 670 time(s)
“Borders must no longer be conflict zones,” says AU Commissioner

CONSTANTINE-The African Union (AU) Commissioner for peace and security Smail Chergui on Wednesday said that borders must no longer be zones of conflict and obstacles but rather areas for exchange, dialogue, cooperation and peace. 

Speaking to the first General Assembly of the Pan-African Women's Network for Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa), Chergui underlined the importance of this “decisive” assembly to strengthen the role of this network.

According to Chergui, the network aims to ensure the empowerment of women and girls through specific trainings and their participation and role in activities.

See also: First FemWise-Africa General Assembly opens in Constantine

Chergui announced the development of a roadmap to ensure that FemWise-Africa takes some initiatives in the field of conflict prevention and mediation.  

The AU official expressed satisfaction with the interest shown by partners in the Pan-African network to support the project to train over 100 African women in conflict mediation.

Chergui said he was convinced that Fem-Wise network “will be an added value to the efforts for the promotion of peace and security in Africa.”

See also: Concrete measures to strengthen Algerian women's involvement in addressing security issues

Co-organized by Algeria and the African Union (AU), the Constantine meeting chaired by Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, in the presence of Minister of National Solidarity, Family and Women's Affairs Ghania Eddalia, and Dr Speciosa Wandira, member of the AU Elders Group and co-chair of FemWise Africa. The meeting takes place part of the implementation of the recommendations made at the first Constantine meeting, held in December 2016 and endorsed by the AU Heads of State and Government in July 2017, which advocated the institutionalization of the role of women in peace negotiations.

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“Borders must no longer be conflict zones,” says AU Commissioner