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African Union joins forces in fight against Boko Haram

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2 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision of the African Union to join forces in the fight against the "murderous campaigns" waged by terror group Boko Haram. Mr Ban stressed the importance of the continent's collaboration with the United Nations, emphasizing that "lives depend on preventive-diplomacy and peacekeeping."

"Regional and international efforts must focus on protecting communities in northern Nigeria and across borders. More than a million internally displaced people and refugees must be able to return home", the Secretary-General stated.

Collaboration on peace and security is essential to the UN's partnership with the African Union: more than eighty per cent of UN peacekeepers are deployed on the continent. The UN Secretary-General added that through the UN-AU partnership, progress has been made in Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan. More, however, could be done by working "even more closely together".

Peace and Development

After all, he continued, peace and development go hand-in-hand. Africa has made substantial progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and has the opportunity this year, like the rest of the world, to commit to a new post-2015 development agenda and a universal agreement on climate change.

"African families, communities and economies have much to gain from both these historic agreements", Mr Ban continued, urging leaders of the continent to "listen to their people and respect their wishes and aspirations".

In addition, Mr Ban strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in North Sinai, earlier this week which killed dozens of people, including civilians, and injured scores of others.

The Secretary-General also expressed concern at the slow progress in implementing the Nairobi Declarations. More than a year after those accords were signed, the amnesty and repatriation of eligible former fighters from M23 and other armed groups have not been completed. Governments of the DCR, Rwanda and Uganda must to intensity efforts to complete this process.


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