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China demands more from international community in controlling guns and conflicts in Africa

NEW YORK–––As African nations, through the African Union, pursue continental peace and security, a Chinese envoy on Wednesday said China supports such efforts. The envoy called for international efforts to assist in silencing the guns in Africa by 2020.

China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Wu Haitao, said “the African Union (AU) and African countries have been vigorously implementing Agenda 2063 and the initiative of silencing the guns in Africa by 2020 as well as improving the continent’s peace and security situation.”

The United Nations must fully leverage its own strength and provide more assistance to Africa, Ambassador Wu told the UN Security Council in a debate on silencing the guns in Africa.

A continent of more than 54 countries and territories, Africa has vast natural and human potential for development and growth but civil conflicts and wars as well as corruption and tyranny have marred such possibilities.

 Many African professionals blamed Western countries that manufactured and shipped guns to warlords and others in Africa as being responsible.

Over the past years, African intellectuals have also cast the explosion of conflicts in Africa on gun manufacturers and suppliers in developed nations.

But the African Union is actively seeking to address conflicts and gun control in Africa, meaning Western gun manufacturers would have to find other means to market their products. 

The two organizations, the African Union and the United Nations, should work more closely together in conflict prevention and mediation, in the quest for lasting peace, and in addressing the root causes of conflicts in Africa, the Chinese envoy said.

Adding, “China supports the United Nations in providing sustainable and predictable financial support to the AU’s peace and security operations, and in working with the AU to overcome funding issues concerning the AU’s peace and security operations, he said.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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