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The RDF Army Chief of Staff concludes Exercise Shared Accord 2018

Bugesera, 28th August 2018

The Rwanda Defence Force Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Jacques Musemakweli on Tuesday presided over the closing ceremony of the two-week Command Post Exercise (CPX) ‘Shared Accord 2018’ (SA18) in Rwanda Military Academy - Gako.

In his remarks, Lt Gen Musemakweli lauded the participants who uncompromisingly worked hand-in-hand for the last two weeks to make the exercise a success, adding that the exercise will enhance the interoperability of various components of a multinational and multidimensional peace missions as well as enriching participants’ capacity to plan, implement and evaluate their future tasks as protectors of civilians in Peace Support Operations.

“The responsibility to protect civilians lay at the heart of modern peacekeeping and the complexity of field situations requires that you, as peacekeepers, embrace cooperation, coordination, consensus and work in an integrated manner so as to improve and speed up our delivery in an increasingly complex and unpredictable security environment in armed conflicts. Rwanda particularly recognizes the value and potential impact of this particular exercise and future similar ones and is honored to support the task of training and preparing forces to deploy on peacekeeping missions. Rwanda and RDF in particular, remain committed to support world peace and security whenever required,” said Lt Gen Musemakweli.

Brigadier General Lapthe C. Flora, the Co-Exercise Director and US Army Africa Deputy Commander, thanked RDF for hosting the exercise adding that exercises like SA 18 not only contribute to improving participants’ peacekeeping skills, but also provide a valuable opportunity to work together while creating professional relationships, and more importantly fostering a lasting friendship.

“We arrived from 15 different countries from three continents with one goal in mind – to learn and we have.  We’ve learned how to take on an order, analyze it, develop a plan, and execute.  More importantly, we’ve learned how to successfully operate as a combined-joint Task Force under one umbrella,” said Brig Gen Flora.

Among the dignitaries also was the US Ambassador to Rwanda, Peter Vrooman who emphasized that working together in such an exercise helps to create something new that couldn’t be learnt in books about the protection of civilians as one of the army’s tasks.

The exercise comprised of three phases that included the academic phase aimed at enhancing participants’ understanding of the UN system and conduct of the peace operations, the Military Component Planning Process (MCPP) and the command post exercise based on the selected course of action and with more than 100 scenarios exercised.