KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Military chiefs and experts from 12 African
nations met here on Monday to discuss setting up a rapid
response force on the continent.
This is the third
time they are meeting under the African Capacity for Immediate
Response to Crisis (ACIRC) Volunteer Nations, an interim
multinational initiative set up in November 2013 to decide if
certain situations need military intervention on the continent.
The meeting started
with a session on the robustness of the ACIRC to respond to
crises and contribute to peace support operations.
Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta,
who opened the meeting on behalf of Gen. David Muhoozi, Uganda’s
Chief of Defense Forces, said action needs to be taken to
address protracted conflicts in some countries that are ruining
peace on the continent.
“We need to have the
capacity to support interventions at different levels and at the
right time to deal with these conflicts,” he told the experts
from Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Rwanda,
Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Niger, Sudan and Uganda.
“ACIRC could deliver
the right impact, address complex conflicts and deal with
various scenarios much earlier than projected,” he added.
Koreta noted that
the African nations need to operate together in an integrated
manner to enhance cohesion and capacity to act.
The experts will
review framework documents and budget estimates among others.
official figures, over 30 million U.S. dollars is required for
the deployment of one battle group and force headquarters for
the financial year 2017/2018.
nation is required to contribute 12,000 dollars annually for
ACIRC operations and administrative matters.
A report from the
experts and the defense chiefs will be forward to the defense
ministers who will meet on Tuesday.