The East African Community (EAC) commended the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for the role it is playing in reducing armed conflict situations in eastern Africa.
Peter Mathuki, the EAC secretary general, pledged in a statement issued Thursday to scale up its cooperation with the ICRC to mitigate or reduce the impact of armed conflict situations in the region.
The statement said Mathuki made the commendation in talks with the head of the ICRC Regional Delegation Olivier Dubois, who paid a courtesy call on him at the EAC headquarters in Tanzania’s northern city of Arusha.
Mathuki said the security environment around the EAC region was not very stable, given that there were armed conflicts underway in Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Somalia.
He added there was a need to safeguard peace within the EAC region to spur economic growth and prosperity while trying to restore stability in neighboring countries.
For his part, Dubois said the ICRC’s cooperation with the EAC was crucial since the bloc could be an invaluable partner at the regional and continental levels.
Dubois said that cyber warfare and the use of autonomous weapons such as drones in conflict had reconfigured the humanitarian assistance environment.
He added the ICRC will work with countries in the East and Horn of Africa in harnessing data and new technology in providing humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict and drought. Enditem