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As a way of countering the outbreak of conflicts on the African continent ,legislators of the Pan African Parliament have supported the idea of establishing a standby force with a rapid deployment capability .

H.E Arcano Maria do Nascimento, the Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union said in a report on peace and security in Africa that an African standby force “is of critical importance to Africa’s peace efforts.”

“The crisis in Mali, where Africa was unable to intervene in response to the call by the Malian authorities at a moment of critical need, and the flashpoints existing on our continent, illustrate how urgent it is for Africa to equip itself with a rapid deployment capability,” said Nascimento

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Nascimento said a Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security involving African Chiefs of Defence staff and Ministers of Defence meeting in Addis Ababa at the end of April had also backed the proposal to have the standby force.

The MPs meeting for the Second Session of the Third Pan African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa, said it was embarrassing that Africa has to refer their conflicts to its former colonizers for solutions.