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Africa's peace, security situation still fragile: AU chief

07-26-2010 16:34 BJT

By Samuel Egadu

KAMPALA, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The Chairperson of African Union (AU) Commission Jean Ping on Sunday told African heads of state and government meeting here that the peace and security situation in the continent is still tenuous and fragile.

Speaking at the opening of the 15th AU summit, Jean Ping said although the last six months were marked by the redoubling of efforts to promote peace and security, compliance with the rule of the law and observance of constitutional order, the progress achieved is still tenuous and fragile.

He said there has been the persistence of certain conflicts citing Guinea Bissau, Cote d'Ivoire and Central African Republic, where the peace process and reconstruction necessitates additional efforts to be achieved.

"2010 has been declared the 'Year of Peace and Security in Africa'. On the ground, we cannot but admit the persistence of certain conflicts, the eruption of crisis linked to elections and the resurgence of the scourge of coup d'etat," said Jean Ping in his opening speech at the summit.

In the war torn Somalia, Jean Ping said the fragility of the situation remains a concern, although the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) has deployed untiring efforts towards dialogue and reconciliation with other Somali stakeholders.

He said the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces still face several challenges. "With regards to AMISOM, the challenges it faces have been real," said Jean Ping.

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