By Yonas Abiye
Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa)
11 June 2007
Whatever the technical construction chosen to express the responsibility to protect in Africa, Africans must be the ultimate determinants of their own democratic fate by understanding the states of the right and obligations of citizenship and respect for democracy and ensuring the sustainability of peace and security in the continent, workshop explored on Friday here in Addis Ababa.
Opening the workshop entitled "The African Union and 'the responsibility to protect' From Non-Interference to Non-Indifference" here at Hilton Hotel , Dr. B.T. Costantinos, Vice President of African Humanitarian Action said Africans should act by themselves to determine their own democratic fate in spite of countless declaration and manifestos on human security.
()"Whatever the technical construction chosen to express the responsibility to protect in Africa, the sustainability of the system will depend on its understanding by states of the right and obligations of citizenship and respect for democracy," he said adding that the culture of accepting victory with modesty and defeat with honor must become entrenched in the political culture of Africans.
He also highlighted the need to take urgent measures and steps beginning the process of building the responsibility to protect political culture which "would underpin this rich cultural resource is a key to enhancing as window of opportunity for peaceful co-existence." Speaking at the workshop Mr. S. Djinit, Commissioner of Peace and Security Department with African Union, said "We have to protect peace and security in the continent by ourselves. We have to protect our neighbors also." "We have abused the concept of non-interference. But we should have a collective force in insuring peace and security." Having underlined how political commitment was 'very important' in peace building Djinit said "the issue of peace and security is the concern of ours. However, we may need continuous supports of partner. But peace and security should be up to us ()'
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