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Dlamini-Zuma calls for African standby force

Sunday 27 January 2013 12:26


Chairperson of the AU Commission Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Chairperson of the AU Commission Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.(SABC)

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called on the AU member states to speed up the mobilisation of the African standby force to deal with the emergence of rebel organisations in some parts of the continent.

Recently, the governments of Mali, DRC and Central African Republic have been fighting rebel groups.

Last week, the AU said it wanted to increase the size of the African peacekeeping forces in Mali to help normalise the situation in that country.

Speaking at the 20th session of the AU Summit underway in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Dlamini-Zuma said the union must remain firm on its stance of no unconstitutional change of government. 

"The union must enhance our capacity to defend democratically elected governments and their territorial integrity, thus there is a need to accelerate the formation of the standby force and whatever other mechanisms that will enable us to have a quick response when the need arises."

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