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DATE=11/12/1999 TYPE=EDITORIAL TITLE=EDITORIAL: AFRICAN CRISIS RESPONSE NUMBER=0-08528 CONTENT= THIS IS THE FIRST OF TWO EDITORIALS BEING RELEASED FOR BROADCAST 11/13/99. Anncr: The Voice of America presents differing points of view on a wide variety of issues. Next, an editorial expressing the policies of the United States Government: Voice: Multinational cooperation on African peacekeeping issues recently received important support. Even as Mali prepared to send some of its soldiers to help maintain the peace in war- torn Sierra Leone, United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced in Nairobi that Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi [ah-rahp moy was inclined to support a training program for peacekeeping operations. Originally proposed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, the African Crisis Response Initiative already involves Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Benin, Malawi, Uganda and Cote d'Ivoire. These countries have agreed to provide units capable of intervening rapidly in crisis situations. They are being trained and equipped in a program that complements other international initiatives taken by Britain, France, and Belgium. The idea is to provide troops, not to intervene in conflicts, but to help maintain order after negotiations end the fighting. Indeed, this is the task of the Malian battalion preparing for duty in Sierra Leone. It will police the peace agreement which the U.-S. helped broker earlier this year between President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah [Ah-MAHD Tay-jin KAH-bah] and rebel forces. This will take some of the pressure off the Nigerian- led West African forces that helped end the fighting in Sierra Leone, at considerable strain to Nigeria's budget. The ability of African states to call upon neighbors for help in maintaining the peace will contribute to a sense of collective security without which the rule of law will always be under threat. Along with regional initiatives for economic and diplomatic cooperation, cooperation in security affairs could signal a determination by Africans to sustain the uneven momentum toward reform which has characterized the continent in recent years. Anncr: That was an editorial expressing the policies of the United States Government. If you have a comment, please write to Editorials, V-O-A, Washington, D-C, 20547, U-S-A. You may also comment at www-dot-voa-dot-gov-slash-editorials, or fax us at (202) 619-1043. 12-Nov-1999 12:50 PM EDT (12-Nov-1999 1750 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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