Musanze, 9 January 2018
The Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) has started on Tuesday 9 January 2018 a Stabilisation and Civil- Military Cooperation practitioners’ Course 8 at its facility in Musanze District. The two- Week Course is attended by 24 military, police and civilian officers from Rwanda and Uganda. The Course seeks to advance participants ‘knowledge and understanding of the conduct of Civil-Military Operations (CIMIC) to support stabilization activity in African Union and the United Nations Peace Support operations.
In his remarks while opening the training, the RPA Director, Col Jill Rutaremara emphasized on Civil Military cooperation as a prerequisite for attaining stabilization in Peace Support Operations. “Although military operations are crucial for early stabilization, military tasks alone are not sufficient. Coordination and cooperation between the military and civil actors including the national population, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations and agencies in support of the mission is very crucial” he said.
He further underlined that effective CIMIC in support of mission can only be realized if peacekeepers observe and uphold human rights. “Peacekeepers must demonstrate the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior. A clear understanding of issues such as Sex and Gender Based Violence, Law of Armed Conflict and the UN Code of Conducts is crucial in the conduct of disciplined operations” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) and the British Peace Support Team (Africa), as supporters of this Course, the Course Director Mr David Higgins said that the training is important especially for officials in charge of CIMIC in Peace support operations. “As current and future CIMIC personnel you have a personal opportunity to make a difference to the people and communities in the areas in which you serve and to the fulfillment of your mandate” he said adding that the training is equipping them with techniques of CIMIC to support their commanders in the pursuit of their military mission. He promised UK continued partnership especially in Peace Support capacity building efforts in Eastern Africa region.
The participants expressed that they expect to gain knowledge, experience and develop good cooperation in their future assignments in Peacekeeping missions and reinforce skills in their role of protecting vulnerable people such as women and children during conflicts.
The course, organized in partnership with Rwanda Peace Academy and the British Support Team, will run up to 19 January 2018.