Friday, June 5, 2009

Zimbabwean Vice President Joice Mujuru opens Foreign Ministers' meeting

05 Jun 2009

Vice President Joice Mujuru has stressed the need for the Comesa region to have an effective early warning system and to enhance the capacity to detect brewing conflicts in the region.

Vice President Joice Mujuru has stressed the need for the Comesa region to have an effective early warning system and to enhance the capacity to detect brewing conflicts in the region.

Speaking during the opening of the 9th Meeting of Comesa Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the resort town of Victoria Falls this Friday morning, Vice President Mujuru said timely interventions can be triggered before problems escalate into fully blown violent conflicts.

VP Mujuru told the ministers from the 19 Comesa states that there is also need to play an active mediation role in the event that conflicts break out in the region and hence the need to for diplomats to enable governments to make meaningful counsel to heads of state and government and advance mediation efforts in collaboration with the African Union and the United Nations.

The Vice President congratulated the Comesa regional body for the progress it has made since the launch of the Comesa Summit on Peace and Security Programme to improve peace and security in the Comesa area.

According to the current situation the security situation has improved significantly in recent years.

Cde Mujuru saluted Comesa states for their support and solidarity during the period when Zimbabwe was facing unwarranted hostility for taking back the land, saying through facilitation of regional institutions and the AU, Zimbabwe has formed an inclusive government in an effort to address economic challenges facing the country.

She said the inclusive government is a shining example of an African solution to an African problem.

The Ministers’ meeting will also look at the initiative by the region to put in place structures to undertake preventative diplomacy missions that include elders and parliamentarians in conflict prevention initiative.

Heads of State and Government invited for the summit are expected to start arriving in the resort town on Saturday.