Reform of army, police 'crucial' to prevent conflict

Hervé Ladsous, head of UN peacekeeping operations

Reforming the army and other security agencies is crucial for preventing conflicts from breaking out again.

That's what the head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council as it met to discuss security sector reforms in Africa.

He cited Liberia as an example, where security sector issues were not addressed in the 1990s, which contributed to the re-emergence of conflict and the failure of the economy.

Mr. Ladsous said African countries are becoming aware of addressing this issue.

"Many member states in Africa and elsewhere have recognized that security sector governance is necessary for early recovery from conflict, economic development and sustainable peace building, as well as regional stability and international peacekeeping. In addition, experience has shown that SSR is a crucial preventive tool as was previously underscored by the Security Council."

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