EAC Sets up Peace and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil

Diplomat East Africa - - The Region -

Tan­za­nia sees no need in es­tab­lish­ing new struc­tures for the Coun­cil, and in­stead calls for the en­hance­ment of the man­date of the cur­rent Joint Meet­ing of Sec­toral Coun­cils on Co­op­er­a­tion, De­fence, In­ter­state Se­cu­rity and For­eign Co­or­di­na­tion. ROBIN OBINO re­ports

East African Com­mu­nity se­cu­rity min­is­ters have adopted a key pro­posal to es­tab­lish a re­gional Peace and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (PSC) will ad­dress the threats of ter­ror­ism, poach­ing and trans-bor­der crimes.

The decision was reached at the re­cently con­cluded joint meet­ing of the Sec­to­rial Coun­cil on Co-op­er­a­tion in De­fence, In­ter­state Se­cu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Co-or­di­na­tion in at EAC head­quar­ters in Arusha. It comes in the wake of a press­ing need for the five-mem­ber states to tackle the ris­ing cross-bor­der crimes.

Tan­za­nia sees no need of es­tab­lish­ing new struc­tures for PSC but rather en­hance the man­date of the cur­rent Joint Meet­ing of Sec­toral Coun­cils on Co­op­er­a­tion, De­fence, In­ter­state Se­cu­rity and For­eign Co­or­di­na­tion to ex­e­cute the EAC Pro­to­col on Peace and Se­cu­rity.

It also pro­poses that the joint meet­ing should be des­ig­nated to Sec­toral coun­cil on peace and se­cu­rity, al­low­ing it to re­port to the sum­mit with­out at­tract­ing amend­ment of the Treaty for the es­tab­lish­ment of the EAC.

The East Africa has in re­cent years come un­der the threat of ter­ror­ism, with Kenya and Uganda bear­ing the brunt of at­tacks by the Al Shabaab mili­tia after the two coun­tries and Bu­rundi sent troops to the be­lea­guered So­ma­lia.

The re­gion has also seen a sharp rise in the drug trafficking, par­tic­u­larly through the Jomo

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