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Rwanda Minister calls for strong action to prevent conflict in Africa

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Laaska News April 27,2011

KIGALI, April 27 (Xinhua) — Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo has urged for a “strong action” to address the poverty and poor governance which fuel instability in Africa, while referring to the current Libyan situation, in a press release made available to Xinhua here Wednesday.

Addressing the African Union (AU) security council in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Mushikiwabo told her fellow ministers that poverty is and will remain a root cause of conflicts in Africa if no action is taken to fast track economic development on the continent.

Commenting on the current situation of conflict in Libya with the Western involvement in that crisis, Mushikiwabo said it was imperative for Africans to choose the systems of democracy which is best suited to them and their needs.

“If the French democratic system is different from the British one, why should Africa adopt democratic systems similar to those? Do these systems necessarily respond to the equity, justice and inclusivity needed by the people of our countries? Should African States experience genocide like in Rwanda or civil unrest like in Kenya for it to realize the importance of inclusive governance?” the Rwandan official wondered while addressing the African Union (AU) security council.

However, the government in Kigali is opposed to any form of mediation in the Libyan crisis as recently suggested by the African Union Peace and Security Council.

Rwanda officials have argued that even if the resolutions of the AU aiming at putting an end to the Libyan crisis contained relevant solutions likely to help Libya recover peace and stability, the situation remained “complex”.

“Rwanda appreciate mediation between the two protagonists (in Libya) but, the country has declined to participate in the High Level Panel on Libya,” the Rwandan foreign affairs minister told reporters earlier in March 2011.

Xinhua.

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