António Guterres says preemptive conflict mitigation better than conflict resolution

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January 30,2017

 António Guterres - African Union
António Guterres speaking at the African Union ( AP Photo) Source VOA Amharic

The U.N. Secretary-General, António Guterres , attended his first African Union leaders summit in Addis Ababa today. He commended African countries for opening borders and hosting refugees fleeing violence and conflict zones at a time when the rest of the world,including western countries,are shutting doors on refugees.


In terms of conflict resolution, he remarked that response to conflict from the world is usually to little and too late. According to a report by VOA Amharic, he told attendants of African heads of states at the African Union headquarter that there is a need to work on pre-preemptive conflict mitigation by averting crisis and conflicts rather than working on post conflict resolution.

As well, VOA report indicated that the Secretary General expressed interest that the United Nations will work on conflict resolution collaboratively with Africa.

Most conflicts in our world are internal,António Guterres is cited as saying. He identified struggle for power and resources as sources of conflict in addition to marginalization,division and inequality. Radicalism ignite or exacerbates conflicts, he added.

António Guterres was scheduled to have press conference on the issue of “A renewed partnership with the African Union based on respect and solidarity,” indicates information published on African Union website.

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