November 21, 2005


Cairo wants to be seat of North African force (Sadek Tarhouni, November 21, 2005, UPI)

Egypt is proposing Cairo as the seat and administrative base of a North African force agreed upon at a recent meeting by army chiefs of five countries.

Egyptian Assistant Minister of Defense Maj. Gen. Mamdouh Abdel Hak made the proposal at a two-day meeting in Libya by the chiefs of staff of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and the Republic of Western Sahara.

The five North African states agreed to set up a "Standby African Force" in line with the resolutions of the African Union.

Egypt went further, proposing to place "its military training facilities at the disposal of the force within the framework of peacekeeping in the area," Abdel Hak was quoted as saying.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2005 11:44 PM

Step one for the new United Arab Republic

Posted by: MCF at November 22, 2005 12:33 AM

Peacekeeping. Wow!

Let's see now. Money, prestige, lots and lots of brownie points with the media and the West.

And it might even get off the ground before the last black Darfurian gets butchered.

More importantly, however, it will help put the squeeze on Egypt's friend to the east.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at November 22, 2005 2:13 AM

According to a strategy adopted by the African Union to build a united Africa by 2030, the organization divided the black continent into five provinces -- the north, south, east, west and center.

Each province was entrusted with the mission of setting up a joint force in accordance with the bylaws of the Union's Council for Peace and Security.

The various provincial standby forces will have permission to interfere at any time to settle conflicts between states as well as internal conflicts.

According to the Council's bylaws, the forces will interfere only if the committee of arbitrators affiliated with the Council fails to settle conflicts.

"Umm, Abdul, aren't we supposed to unite and define our provincial borders before we start with the military stuff? C'mon, man, we haven't even chosen the committee of arbitrators yet. Hey, Abdul, put that gun down, please.

Posted by: Peter B at November 22, 2005 5:20 AM

The more southern coalition of nations is handling Darfur for the African Union, though they could use more money and equipment from us.

Posted by: oj at November 22, 2005 6:21 AM

Did I hear you say, more money and equipment? Coming right up. How about some soldiers and marines too just in case you really mean it?

Oh, the world media will be well pleased! Peace in our lifetime! Joy to the world!

Attention will be diverted from where real progress is being made to play acting and tin soldiers.

Posted by: erp at November 22, 2005 9:18 AM