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Civil-Military relations

Jul 13, 2010, 1:10 PM

The relationship between the military and the civil society should always be cordial for the betterment of any nation.

There is no gainsaying that in tackling terrorism and other security threats, such a relationship could always bear fruit. As the saying goes, "security is everybody's business."

Promoting and safeguarding national security is the responsibility of all, including the civil population.

Of course, protection of any country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is the primary function of the military, but the civil population could also help.

In any country where there is mutual collaboration and trust between the military and the civil population, there would be peace, security and development.

Essentially, a healthy civil-military relation needs a military with standards distinct from those of the general society, and a society that appreciates the need for the difference, even if it does not always approve of the military's views.

Whereas as we urge the military, in particular, to always build good rapport with the civil population, we equally urge the civilians to at all times appreciate the efforts of the military, and treat them with respect to bring about cordial ties between them.

It's a challenge for all democratic governments to ensure a more cordial civil-military relations, since such a relationship is healthy for every nation.

Considering the importance of civil-military relations, we wish to commend the US Embassy in Banjul for organising a weeklong training programme on the subject for various players.

It is indeed a very important seminar. We hope more of such seminar will be occasionally conducted in the very near future.

We also hope that the knowledge gained from this seminar would be put to practice.

In peaceful environs like ours, it is always good for us to engage in forums like this one, as it would further strengthen peaceful co-existence.

"To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage."