By: Mohammed Osman
Bahar Dar, Ethiopia (Sudanow) - President Omar al Bashir says foreign intervention in the African domestic affairs has turned the continent into scene for conflicts of some forces, groups and companies seeking depletion of its resources to serve their own interests, thus fueling to a great extent conflicts and disputes in the region.
Speaking at the 3rd Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa, held at Bahr Dar city, the Ethiopian city adjacent to Lake Tana, 26-27 April, the President pointed out that these forces create a problem then use it to intervene to determine the solution in a way that will serve their own agenda, at the expense of the continent and its people.
President Bashir he asserted that security and stability in African states have not been attained yet. He said the responsibility for maintaining peace in Africa remains with the African leaders.
The Forum discussed the illicit financial flows (IFFs) in and out of Africa and their impacts on the continent security and development. Reports estimated that Africa looses 50 billion dollars, annually as a result of these practices.
Bashir quoted studies conducted on illegal financial flows in developing countries during 2002 -2011, as finding that Sudan has lost whooping capitals as a results of (IFFs) impacting on many a development projects in the country.
The 3rd Tana Forum was attended, along with President Al Bashir, by Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalgin, South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo as well as a number African leaders.
The Forum is an annual gathering initiated by late Ethiopia Prime Minister Meles Zinawe and the former Vice-Chancellor of Addis Ababa University Professor Andreas Eshete in collaboration with the University’s Institute for Peace and Security Studies and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. It serves as a platform for gathering a selected group of African prominent figures including serving and former heads of state, scholars, investors, civil society leaders, to discuss in an informal way challenges facing peace and security in the African states.
The leaders also exchange successful experiences in this regard and develop African solutions to the continent problems.
The first forum was held in 2012 and discussed two main issues namely weak states and managing the diversity in the continent. Organized on 21 April last year, the second forum focused on security and organized crime in Africa.
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