The 2012 Africa Peace Award has been conferred on Ghana by the South Africa-based African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).
The award, according to officials of ACCORD, is in recognition of the efforts of government and the people of Ghana at large to maintain peace in the country.
Disclosing the news to President John Evans Atta Mills at the Castle on Friday, a trustee of ACCORD, Ambassador Billy Modise, explained that the award is in recognition of the country’s contribution to world peace as well as efforts to maintain internal cohesion.
Previous recipients of the prize include former South African President Nelson Mandela, Burundi, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.
The Peace Award will be presented to President Mills on behalf of Ghana in South Africa at a date yet to be decided upon.
President Mills, who expressed appreciation on behalf of the people of Ghana for the award urged Africans to endeavor to promote peace as a precursor to development.
He further bemoaned the negative effects on conflicts on development and expressed the hope that the ACCORD award will challenge all to ensure peace.