Central African foreign ministers meet in Rwanda over regional security

Source: Xinhua| 2017-12-09 02:32:34|Editor: yan
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KIGALI, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from 11 African countries Friday met in the Rwandan capital Kigali for the 45th ministerial meeting of United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC).

Preceded by experts meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, the forum focuses on assessing and examining the security and geopolitical situation in Central Africa and a reviewing of disarmament and arms limitation program in the region.

Speaking at the meeting, Lejeune Mbella Mbella, Cameroonian foreign minister, said the fight against insecurity in central Africa is a permanent task that requires more efficiency and consultation in order to enforce peace and security.

Mbella cited terrorism acts by Nigeria's militant group Boko Haram, armed conflict in the Central African Republic, and proliferation of weapons among the security challenges in the sub region.

He called for a holistic approach to fight insecurity. "It is our duty to create better living conditions for our youth which faces problems," he said.

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) Parfait Onanga Anyang called for concrete measures which can contribute to building of a strong central Africa.

Speaking at the same meeting, Rwandan foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo acknowledged that terrorism has become a permanent threat to the region's peace and security requiring cooperation to address.

The meeting is attended by foreign ministers from the 11 member countries of UNSAC including Central African Republic, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Repulic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe.