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The East African : Aug 18th 2014
The EastAfrican NEWS AUGUST 16-22,2014 TACKLING TERRORISM AND CRIME EAC adopts proposal for Peace Security Council The ≥ole shall the≥efo≥e be solely to advise on peace and secu≥ity matte≥s By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent PSC will ...detect the early warnings on common security threats like terror attacks with the aim of preventing them proposal to establish an East African Peace and Security Council (PSC) to address the security threats facing the region. At the recent joint meet- E ing of the Sectorial Council on Co-operation in Defence, Interstate Security and Foreign Policy Co-ordination held in Arusha, the ministers said the decision arose from the pressing need for the five member states of the bloc to manage peace and security jointly and also tackle crossborder crimes. This means the joint meet- ings of the Sectoral Council on Security will cease to exist as its role will be taken over by the newly established security body which will operate at co-ordination/consultative ministerial levels. ast African security ministers have adopted a “The role of the PSC shall therefore be solely to advise the EAC Summit on all peace and security matters while the existing Sectoral Council will continue performing its current roles of guiding the implementation of sectoral cooperation rules in the region and Summit decisions emerging from the PSC advice,” said the EAC ministers in their report. Upon the Council of Min- ister’s approval expected before the heads of state approval in November, the EAC partner states will have to develop operational modalities for the Peace and Security Council will be developed. PSC will in addition to advising the EAC Heads of State Summit on security issues in the region detect the early warnings on common security threats like terror attacks with the aim of preventing them, early reactions in terms of containment, promotion of peace, security and stability among the partner states, peace support operations and interventions, humanitarian action and disaster management. The East African region faces security threats ranging from civil wars to terrorism from Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab. Member states however have divergent views on the PSC modalities. 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. Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya are of the view that the PSC be established to advise the summit on all peace and security matters while the existing Sectoral council continues to perform its current roles of guiding the implementation of Sectoral cooperation. Kenya Defence Forces at the Kismayu port. EAC is seeking to expand the bloc’s security portfolio. Picture: File 5 THE LAW Article 14 of the EAC Treaty provides for the establishment of the sectoral council to deal with matters that arise under the Treaty as the Council may delegate or assign them and the decision of such sectoral council shall be deemed to be the decisions of the council.
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