Security personnel undergo training in peace support operations

By Oleen Ndori

TWENTY-THREE nationals from across the SADC region have completed the regional civilian foundation course in peace support operations as the region strives to find ways of maintaining peace and security.

As the SADC region continues to push towards finding lasting solutions to peace and security challenges facing the region, particularly with regards to the Cabo Delgado region in Mozambique, the civilian foundation course is expected to equip the graduates with skills to capacitate the SADC standby force.

“The RPTC is pleased to advise that there are 23 participants from nine member states in attendance. This is highly remarkable your Excellency as the region strives to capacitate the SADC Standby force. The participants were exposed to both theory and syndicates’ work in conflict study as the regional centre of excellence,” said Rear -Admiral Gottlieb Pandeni, Commandant, SADC RPTC.

Zambia’s Charge d’Affaires, Godwin Phiri noted that the SADC Peacekeeping training centre plays a central role in regional peace and integration.

“The role that the centre plays is critical in realising the SADC agenda for peace and indeed regional integration. It must be understood that we cannot achieve meaningful sustainable economic development without peace and security in the region,” said Phiri.

The SADC civilian foundation course drew participants from Angola, Botswana, DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

It addressed the needs of modern peacekeeping within the framework of the African Union and the United Nations.