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'SADC Standby Brigade is ready' Charamba warns Americans

by Mandla Ndlovu
31 May 2020 at 12:53hrs | Views
Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba says Zimbabwe might find it necessary to summon United States of America Brian A. Nichols to question him on the violent protests that are rocking America after the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died after being arrested by police outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Footage of the arrest on 25 May shows a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd's neck while he was pinned to the floor.

Said Charamba, "I THINK THE ZIMBABWEAN GOVT should summon the US Ambassador to explain the goings-on in the US!! This is an unusual, continuing and extraordinary grave threat to Zimbabwe's strategic interest globally!!! And of course, a grave threat to international peace requiring invocation of UN Chapter 7."

Charamba added that if America fails to follow the Responsibility to Protect Principle, the SADC Standby force was ready to be deployed.

"Clearly the Administration is unable to protect US citizens, in which case RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT stricture must kick in. The SADC STANDBY BRIGADE is supremely ready to deploy at all maximum means and capabilities needed to put out this raging fire!!!"

The Reposibility to Protect Principle says each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. This responsibility entails the prevention of such crimes, including their incitement, through appropriate and necessary means

The SADC Brigade , which was launched in August 2008, is made up of military, police and civilian members from SADC Member States.

The Function of the Brigade is to participate in missions as envisaged in Article 13 of the "mandate" of the Peace and Security Protocol relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, which includes:
•    Observation and monitoring missions;
•    Peace support missions;
•    Interventions for peace and security restoration at the request of a Member State; and
•    Actions to prevent the spread of conflict to neighboring states, or the resurgence of violence after agreements have been reached.

The SADC Brigade serves in peace-building efforts including post-conflict disarmament and demobilisation and humanitarian assistance in conflict areas and areas impacted by major natural disasters.

The SADC Brigade operates as a tool of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and receives its guidance from the SADC Committee of Chiefs of Defence staff and the Committee of SADC Police Chiefs.

Training of the Brigade at all levels is a key priority for SADC. The Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre located in Zimbabwe and other national peace support training institutions play a pivotal role in training military commanders, police officers and civilian officials at various levels.

Source - Byo24News