Africa should invest more in improving economic development, good governance: Lesotho

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African countries are determined to build a safe, secure and peaceful continent, Lesotho's Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane told the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

This year marked five decades of African unity, and he recalled that leaders had resolved to free the continent from conflicts which have soiled its reputation and compromised development.

But, he said, Africa is facing a "rise" in lawlessness and fighting, while terrorism continues to pose a threat to world peace and development.

"We all know that solutions to these problems cannot be through military means alone. We have to invest more in creating holistic and integrated approach that targets, amongst others, improving economic development, promoting the rule of law, protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and good governance.

President Thabane also called on UN member states to improve the organization's efficiency and effectiveness.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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