AU concerned about border conflicts

African Union

The African Union has expressed concern over border related conflicts on the continent and has since called on member states to apply boarder management to address such conflicts.


AU Peace and Security Commissioner, Lamara Ramtane, has urged member states to respect and accept borders as demarcated during independence to avoid their rampant conflicts.


Dr Ramtane was speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today during the commemoration of the third African Boarder Day held at the African Union Commission.


He said the African Union border programme has strategized to reduce to zero the border conflicts in African by 2063 and appealed to member states to support the programme.


And Germany Ambassador to Ethiopia, Lieselore Cyrus, said the commemoration of the African Border Day was significant as it reminded the continent of the importance of borders.


Dr Cyrus observed that borders have been a source of conflict in many African countries, adding that there was need to build capacity in addressing emerging and longstanding border conflicts.


She added that if well managed, borders could enhance cross border cooperation and the continent’s integration.


In 2010, AU ministers in charge of borders met and resolved to commemorate 7th June as African Border Day with the aim of encouraging delimitation and demarcation of borders to diffuse tension between African countries.


This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS today by First Secretary of Press, Dorcas Chileshe, at the Zambian embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.