CONFLICT MANAGEMENT COURSE FOR EAST AFRICAN MILITARY, CIVILIAN OFFICIALS

A conflict management course for high-ranking military and civilian officials from East African countries has opened at the Ethiopian Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC) here.

The 12-day course, which began Monday with the participation of 28 officials from Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan, Uganda, and Ethiopia, covers a range of topics including the protection of civilians and civil-military co-ordination.

The training is being conducted with the financial and professional support of the government of Japan and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The head of the Ethiopian Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC), Lieutenant-General Birhanu Jula, said during the opening of the course that it would focus on the protection of civilians and the collaboration between peacekeepers and the public in order to impart responsible and accountable conflict management skills to the participants.

He added that the Ethiopian Peace Support Training Centre had been contributing towards this objective and for democratic rule to take root in the region and the world.

Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia Shinichi Saida said the role of the centre in ensuring peace and security in the continent was huge and commended the role of Ethiopia in protecting peace in the world.

Japan, he added, was pleased to be a partner in building the human resources capacity in the sector as peacekeeping had become more complex. Conflict management training therefore had a crucial role in meeting such challenges, Saida emphasized.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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