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South African peacekeeping efforts to continue

May 28, 2013 at 2:37 AM

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 28 (UPI) -- South African officials said they intend to continue peacekeeping activities in Africa.

The South African government is also considering contributing troops to the African Union's proposed "African Standby Brigade" force of 32,500 troops to intervene in sudden crises, the South African defenceweb.co.za reported Monday.

As regards current South African peacekeeping activities South African Defense and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Parliament that, beyond the fact that the South African government "will keep backing peace in Africa," once conflict was ended, Africa had enough resources to be shared for common prosperity, security and human development.

Mapisa-Nqakula said conflict had resulted in African resources being exploited.

"The continued plundering of these resources is a direct threat to our future food security and survival," she said. "It is for this reason that we will continue our engagements in support of peace and stability in the continent."

Mapisa-Nqakula reminded her fellow government officials that such commitments didn't come without costs. Referring to the death in March of 13 South Africa peacekeepers in Central African Republic, the minister commented, "In the aftermath of these events, the department has had to conduct deep introspection and review, the result of which will have serious implications for the work and organization of our armed forces."

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