23rd September, 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday asked for global financial and technical support for mechanisms already in place for preventing conflicts in the West African sub region and the African continent.
The President also said Nigeria over the years has supported and invested in conflict prevention processes at the sub regional and regional level in Africa and will continue to support such efforts.
Â The President who was speaking at the meeting of the United Nationsâ€™ Security Council on Maintenance of International Peace and Security â€“ Conflict Prevention in New York noted that Africa has â€œover the years, placed a great deal of political weight on the application of Preventive Diplomacy strategies, by putting in place, early warning and mediation mechanismsâ€.Â Â
â€œThe African Union made strident steps to develop a framework for Preventive Diplomacy through the efforts of the African Union Peace and Security Council.
At the sub-regional level, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has also made great strides in this area, primarily through the steady implementation of its conflict prevention framework encompassing diplomacy, fact- finding and early warning system.Â Â
â€œIt is imperative, therefore, that these efforts at regional and sub-regional levels must be supported both financially and technically by the international community and the United Nations systemâ€™, he added.Â
The President expressed his appreciation to UN for convening a meeting to review the United Nationsâ€™ efforts in the area of Conflict Prevention.