Mediation Preferable Way to End Conflicts

September 26, 2011

Speaking at the General Assembly Ugandan Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi said that mediation tactics should be used to end conflicts, and protect life and property from harm. Ssekandi’s words were addressed to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly and he emphasized the importance of mediation to avert crisis before it becomes violence.

Ssekandi urged, “Mediation is a worthwhile investment. It costs much less compared to other undertakings such as peacekeeping or peace enforcement. In terms of benefits, effective mediation can avert unnecessary wars with their attendant consequences such as loss of life and property; and contribute to the building of capacity for home-grown solutions to address conflicts.” In countries where the cost of diplomacy is too high, mediation is a realistic alternative within reach of most governments and can be utilized to facilitate solutions.

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