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President Museveni Statement at the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in Malabo

President Museveni Statement at the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in Malabo

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President Museveni Statement at the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
President Museveni Statement at the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

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Statement by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda and Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union for the Month of June 2014, on the Occasion of the Commemoration of the 10 
th 
 Anniversary of the Peace and Security Council, 25 
th 
 June, 2014 At Sipopo - Malabo
25 
th 
 June, 2014 - Equatorial Guinea
 
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Chairperson of the African Union; Excellencies, Heads of State and Government; Chairperson of the African Union Commission; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen;
As we celebrate the 10
th
 anniversary of the setting up of Peace and Security Council (PSC), we need to re-illuminate
on the fundamental question: “What causes these conflicts
and why are they conducted so bruta
lly?” In the last 50
plus years when I have been watching these conflicts, I have formed three conclusions. First, there is a failure to distinguish between just wars and unjust wars. Secondly, the unjust conflicts waged in Africa, which form the majority of the conflicts, are based on the pseudo-ideology of sectarianism based on ethnicity or religious divides and impregnated with gender chauvinism.
 
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 Thirdly, the majority of these conflicts are conducted by ideologically deficient groups that are very indisciplined. Hence, the committing of war-
crimes ─ killings of non
-combatants, killing of prisoners of war, raping of women, abductions of civilians, sex slaves, etc., etc.
 The ideology of sectarianism is a pseudo ideology that is
always pushed by parasites at the expense of the real interests of the people. What are the real interests of the people? The most fundamental interest of the people is security of the persons and their property. The second most important interest is prosperity in economic terms
and welfare. One crucial element in prosperity is trade ─
i.e. the exchange of goods and services. Especially in the capitalist era, this exchange of goods and services has formed a very vibrant dynamic. Even before the onset of colonialism, however, during the feudal era, the communities in Africa were engaged in trade, by the means of barter trade
(Okuchurika) 
. This exchange of goods and services was especially vibrant between different tribes,

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