AU Marks 10th Anniversary of Peace, Security Council

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Addis Ababa, 26 May 2014 (WIC) - The African Union (AU) on Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of its Peace and Security Council (PSC), Xinhua news agency reported.   

The AU said the 10th anniversary provided the council an ideal opportunity to take stock of its performance, identify challenges and opportunities to promote and maintain peace and stability throughout Africa.   

Throughout its existence, the PSC has contributed to the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts on the continent, said the pan-African bloc.   

It has also contributed to efforts aimed at post-conflict reconstruction and development and peace-building as well as to deepening and consolidation of democracy on the continent.   

Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of AU Commission, told reporters at the AU headquarters that the Council had contributed much to peace and security in the continent over the past decade.   

"There is no question about the fact that peace is much better today because of the contribution of the Peace and Security Council," said Mwencha.

Challenges that have continued to impact the Council's work include inadequate funding and logistics and late provision especially for peace support operations.

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