Rwanda says Security Council should address root causes of conflicts in Africa

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Louise Mushikiwabo

The Security Council needs to focus as much energy as possible on addressing the root causes of conflict in Africa and not spend too much time on fire fighting.

That's what Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told reporters on Monday following a Security Council meeting on peace and security in Africa.

Rwanda holds this month's presidency of the Council and Minister Mushikiwabo presided over the meeting.

"Too much time is spent on fire fighting, day to day management of conflict once conflict has erupted and we believe in this fast changing world we should look at doing business differently. I think it was a good discussion with many useful inputs from Security Council members. As you know, 70 per cent of the Council's agenda is consumed with conflicts on the African continent." (29")

At the same time, the Rwandan Foreign Minister added, the African Union and other regional groupings are also developing greater understanding of how conflict can be prevented.

She said these lessons can be applied more widely through collaboration between the Security Council and the African Union as well as other regional organizations.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’25″

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