Saturday, September 24, 2011
Lesotho says that there is no consistency in global conflict resolution, pointing out to the UN General Assembly that the UN Security Council is sometimes quick to authorize military intervention in some disputes while preferring mediation in others -- or sometimes not acting at all. Lesotho said that the international community has sometimes “turned a blind eye, at best, leaving the mantle to some members of the international community to unilaterally threaten the imposition of sanctions,” Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Pakalitha B. Mosisili, told the annual general debate of the General Assembly, whose theme this year is the role of mediation in the settlement of disputes.
Mediation by a group of African eminent persons and the UN produced the desired results and brought Kenya’s post-election conflict to an end in 2008, while facilitation by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) led to the formation of a national unity government in Zimbabwe in 2009, Mr. Mosisili said. African Union’s mediation in Burundi ended over a decade of bloody conflict. And peace brokered through mediation also ended two decades of warfare between northern and southern Sudan and led to the creation of a new State, South Sudan.
(Adapted from a UN Press Release) (mew)