African Union
Cape Verde


Caroline Euler

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Position Paper Cape Verde

We, the African Union, seek to find efficient solutions regarding security and as such I am pleased to see two major issues that keep our continent from developing on our agenda. Both, directly threaten the basic human rights of our people and constitute the foundation of the ridge that holds back the flood of prosperity that could vitalise the African ground. The first issue being the ongoing violence between military and paramilitary groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) as well as the recruitment of child soldiers. The second, interrelated, issue being the need to safeguard Africa’s natural resources against exploitation.

‘Interrelated,’ in so far that rebel groups have used natural resources as a commodity to fund weapon purchases and mobilise fighters. Similarly, these rebel groups often rose up due to the fact that citizens felt left alone by the state and experienced the distribution of power among differ...