ACP-EU-JPA: Inter-state conflict can be disastrous: Chissano

15 Jun 2016 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JUN (NAMPA) - Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has called on countries within the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries (ACP) and the European Union (EU) to guard against issues that could spark inter-state conflicts.
Conflicts between states, although they have diminished post-cold war era, could seriously derail developmental objectives of such states, he said while addressing the 31st session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) of the ACP and EU here on Wednesday.
Chissano is also the current co-chairperson of the High Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development.
He said conflict between states seriously impact development, as governments tend to focus more on guarding against these threats as opposed to providing for their citizens.
The former head of state said such conflicts are disruptive in nature, as they largely target civilians and property.
“Inter-state conflicts are not confined to a certain area, which makes them even more destructive in nature. As such, we need to look at how we can work out matters amicably to prevent such conflicts,” he said.
Chissano said inter-state conflicts may have a ripple effect, as they could pose a danger to security situations in other countries not necessarily involved in the conflict.
He said conflicts can lead to a proliferation of small arms, which are easy to transport across borders.
“There is no telling what weapons smuggled outside these conflict areas can be used for. As such, it is vital that countries avoid inter-state conflicts altogether.”
He, however, noted that there is a glimmer of hope as far as these conflicts are concerned, as they have been on the decrease in recent years.
Chissano attributed the decrease to deepening of regional integration and the realisation of the high economic costs of war.