International meeting discusses measures to prevent conflicts in Africa

The international conference of ombudsmen and religious leaders on preventing identity and religious conflicts ended here Thursday, deliberating measures of preventing conflicts in Africa.

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The three-day conference had brought together ombudsmen and religious leaders from across Africa as well as some representatives from Asia.

Burundi crisis“Participants shared experiences to enrich each other. They came up with strategies and recommendations that will feed in action programs that we will develop for Burundi and other countries to address conflict,” said Hamuli Kabarhuza, Director of Political Affairs and Early Warning Mechanisms in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

Kabarhuza said that participants discussed the production of booklets and information tools and methodologies that can help in solving identity and religious conflicts.

He added that wise persons or elders should be consulted while strategizing and developing actions.

Participants also recommended early warning mechanisms in case of identity, ethnicity or religious conflicts as well as avoiding “destructive words” while using social networks. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewGhana.com.gh

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