UN calls on Africa to act faster in conflicts

2014-01-31 15:33

Africa should work to act faster to intervene in conflicts on the continent, says UN deputy secretary- general Jan Eliasson.

At a press briefing on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa today, he said “we need to see more action on [establishing] African standby actions”.

He said the question came up every time a country on the continent faced a crisis.

The African Standby Force has been a few years in the making, but has not got off the ground because of a lack of funding, Eliasson said.

“To know who is able to intervene in a short space of time would be good. It would save so many lives,” he added.

He said the UN was establishing a body called Rights Upfront to act when human rights violations occurred to prevent them from developing into a crisis.

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