AU official says objective of “Silencing the Guns” in Africa achievable

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Looking at the achievements made in promoting peace and security in Africa, the objective of silencing the guns and ending wars across the continent is achievable, a senior African Union (AU) official said on Monday.
“Looking at the achievements made in promoting peace and security in the continent, in recent decades, particularly since 2004, with the operationalization of the AU Peace and Security Council, the noble objective of silencing the guns and ending wars in the continent is achievable,” said Ramtane Lamamra, special envoy of the AU Commission chairperson on Silencing the Guns.
The special envoy made the remarks while addressing the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU on the implementation of the flagship project on “Silencing the Guns” at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Lamamra also noted that from around 30 active conflicts in 2004, Africa must celebrate the fact that it is now addressing fewer conflicts than in the past.
“Africa has a robust blueprint for promoting peace, security and stability, as well as advancing good governance, respect for human and people’s rights and constitution,” he said. “This blueprint is the combination of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the African Governance Architecture (AGA).”