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The recommendation also went to the Economic Community of Central African States and the Eastern African Regional Mechanism.

Mr Augustine Philip Mahiga, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC), who made the commendation when he visited the Sector 3 area of operations of the special exercise mission tagged, African Union Mission in Carana, expressed delight over the level of seriousness and commitment exhibited by the military, police and civilian components of the sector.

A statement issued by the ECOWAS Commission and made available to the Ghana News Agency said Mr Mahiga described the high level of cooperation among the troops and the various components, as exemplary and in fulfilment of the vision of the founding fathers and mothers of Africa.

This type of multinational, inter-regional, and multidimensional cooperation, according to him, is one of the main reasons behind the success of the exercise.

The Troop Contributing Countries of Nigeria, Angola and Kenya, through the ECOWAS Standby Force, Central African Standby Force and the Eastern Africa Standby Force, were grouped together under Sector Three at the Tactical level of the exercise, in order to validate the workings of different troops of the African Standby Force (ASF), coming under one central command, during peace support operations.

Mr Mahiga emphasised that the challenge of ensuring the workability and viability of the ASF is for all of Africa, therefore, Africans must be in the forefront of finding solutions to whatever problem that may affect the smooth running of the Force.

He recalled that when the idea to form an African standby force was mooted, some people doubted if Africa could do it.

“Today Africa is not only doing it but perfecting it to respond to any crisis that may arise within the continent,” he said.

He paid special tribute to the nations of Angola, Kenya and Nigeria for bringing troops and equipment to the exercise as well as their various financial contributions towards the success of Amani Africa II exercise in particular and the African Standby Force in general.

He expressed delight with the leadership and maturity exhibited by Angola and Nigeria in airlifting troops to the exercise.

The provision of airlift by these African countries, he said, had proved that the ASF is indeed capable of rapid deployment in times of need.

Mr Mahiga said the Sector Three of the Amani Africa II exercise, was deliberately made complex, comprising three Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanism, as well as speakers of English, Portuguese and French languages, under one central command.

It was also specifically located in a very difficult terrain, in order to test the tactical capability of the components, when faced with real life situation.

He added that, the success of the Sector components during the exercise was clear evidence that the ASF would also succeed when faced with a real life situation, during any peace support operations.

The gratitude for the privilege “to serve Africa in this very important assignment.”

Mrs Konate said, despite some challenges, the Sector was able to simulate and respond to various exercise roles as stipulated in the exercise programme.

She mentioned that the three components worked together to resolve issues related to security, humanitarian and civilian protection.

The Amani Africa II Field Training Exercise was carried out to validate the capacity of the African Union to, deploy, and employ a rapid deployment capability of the ASF, as a startup operation and to run a full multidimensional peace support operations.

One of the major objectives of the exercise is to enhance the police and civilian capacities of the ASF, in planning and conducting peace support operations, as mandated by the African Union.

GNA

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