Delivering Humanitarian Assistance in African Armed Conficts: Conclusions
This workshop was organised because of the co-sponsors’ concerns about the many grave conflicts in Africa that have inflicted great suffering on civilian populations — denial of human rights, starvation, dislocation and death. A central question was what could be done by outside military forces to alleviate these humanitarian emergencies. More specifically, could the experience of peacekeeping, as practised by the UN, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the Commonwealth Monitoring Force (CMF) in Africa and by UN operations elsewhere be applied to delivery of humanitarian aid in crisis situations? The participants were challenged to combine their varied experience in peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance with political imagination to improve and strengthen the means for effective delivery of humanitarian assistance in light of the new and more propitious atmosphere at the UN. Further the change in composition of UN membership, superpower rapprochement, and recent developments in Africa could combine to dispel lingering African sensitivities to the operations in the Congo (now Zaîre).
KeywordsConflict Resolution Armed Conflict Military Force Humanitarian Assistance Humanitarian Emergency
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