n Conflict Trends - Trends in peacekeeping

Volume 2002, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818



The first few months of this year have proved to be extremely active ones on the African continent in terms of changing conflict dynamics and subsequent efforts at resolution. Encouraging signs of peace are taking firm hold through elections in Sierra Leone, the disarmament, demobilisation and re-integration (DDR) process in Angola, and a measure of peace returning to Ethiopia and Eritrea following the demarcation ruling. The United Nations, regional and sub-regional organisations have worked tirelessly to consolidate gains in conflict management in a number of peace missions. Their efforts have also received encouraging support from African leaders who have taken the initiative to attempt to resolve conflict through negotiations using African mediators. There are still some challenges that threaten to undermine these positive developments, especially the limited and slow humanitarian responses to enormous humanitarian crises.

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