Abuja, 28th July The Core Planning Team (CPT) for the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) Command Post Exercise (CPX) – code named. The African Standby Force (ASF) is an international, continental African, and multidisciplinary peacekeeping force with. More than 40 members of the Economic Community of West African States Standby Force (ESF) have begun a training course on international.

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Borders Extreme points Member states Regions. One important criticism of the ASF is the ecoaas that, due to the delay in its establishment, the Force could not be used as a tool of peacemaking in the latest occurrence of crises in Africa, such as the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, the war in Somalia, as well as the ongoing conflict in Eastern D.

African Standby Force

Key documents such as the decision of the Mediation and Security Council, the directive of the ECOWAS President, the Rules Of Engagement, the Discriminate Use of Force in conflict and the deployment and mission plans amongst others are crucial to the conduct of the exercise as they are necessary for an intervention in the case of a crisis in the region.

Upcoming events Expression of interest: Halima Ahmed says the integration of IHL and other rules applicable in law enforcement situations in the operational fofce of the ECOWAS Standby Force should promote respect for these laws regardless of where members are deployed for shandby operations in the region. AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing news and information items daily from over African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public.

Members of the CPT were given detailed presentations and acquainted with the exercise specifications and the objectives of the CPX which enabled them develop a scenario narrative through syndicate group sessions. African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here. The Roadmap also outlined several fields of progress in the development of the ASF. Views Read Edit View history. Each regional force is not on the same level of development. The Maputo Report and The Policy Framework for the Establishment of the ASF from May mentions six scenarios for the deployment of the regional contingents of the Force in Peace Support Operations PSOsascending in their complexity of structures, management efforts and resources for deployment and sustainment.


The ESF provides personnel for regional and continental peace support operations missions. For that purpose, the Protocol urged the member states to take steps to establish standby contingents for participation in peace support missions decided on by the PSC or intervention authorized by the AU Assembly.

Ina operational date for the force was set.

In the violent conflict in Mali sinceESF could not operate forcr a timely manner to prevent a further escalation of violence in the country. AllAfrica publishes around reports a day from more than news organizations and over other institutions and individualsrepresenting a diversity of positions on every topic.

See What Everyone is Watching. Article 13 of the Protocol specifically directs the following functions to the ASF: The training is meant to further enhance the operational readiness torce the ESF which was attained in The Constitutive Act now gave the AU the right to intervene in a member state in grave circumstances, namely war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

According to the Protocol, the ASF is suggested to cooperate with the United Nations and its Agencies, other relevant international organizations and regional organizations, as well as with national authorities and NGOs, where appropriate. Other capacity building and training activities are conducted through series of exercises in the region.

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The military and police components are fully operational. This page was last edited on 15 Septemberat Read the original article on New Dawn.

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In their view, the brigade headquarters would be established when a peace operation is authorized and would then be led by an individual State or a group of States, in coordination with the PLANELM. The civilian component was subsequently established. The RDC was decided to be an stqndby part of the regional Standby Forces to be deployed at the entry point, as a precursor to the deployment of a larger mission.


Furthermore, the CPT developed a list of exercise documents which will be required in the build up to the exercise.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Furthermore, it seems that creating, rostering and deploying a civilian component is somewhat problematic due to the voluntary and individualistic nature of this component and the lack of AU strategic guidance in this regard.

Article 13 of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council PSC of the African Union AU foresaw an ASF to be composed of standby multidisciplinary contingents, with civilian and military components in their countries of origin and ready for rapid deployment at appropriate notice.

The ICRC official says it is times like these that challenge them to emphatically demonstrate in their words and actions that wars do have limits. The same year, a new African Peace and Security Architecture APSA was presented, in order to build and strengthen African capacities for managing and resolving conflicts on the continent. The strength and types of such contingents, their degree of readiness and general location should be determined in so-called Peace Support Standard Operating Procedures SOPsand shall be subject to periodic reviews depending on prevailing crisis and conflict situations.

The PLANELM is conducting capacity building activities within itself as well as within Members States of the region to ensure that all the multidimensional elements of the Force are on standby in their respective countries for AU peace support operations. Under this arrangement, Members States pledged a force of police, military and civilians personnel and 6 airlift aircraft.