Scholars have reiterated the need for African solutions to perennial civil and territorial conflicts that keep tearing the continent apart. Dons and researchers from the Great Lakes region who are meeting here to find ways of solving conflicts in the region said the continent’s forefathers knew better ways and methods of peace-keeping. Through the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the scholars have been brainstorming to address the situation in an ongoing five-day ’Advanced Research Workshop on Peace, Security and Reconstruction in the Great Lakes Region’. "To begin with, African states must stop embracing their few differences and instead concentrate on their similarities that happen to be many," pointed out Dr Benard Lututala-Mumbasi, the Deputy Executive Secretary for CODESRIA, adding that all boundaries on the continent were drawn up by foreigners who knew nothing about Africa’s cultures. "But when you look closely, all the communities on the continent have similar cultures, customs and traditions despite being separated by borders and since most of the continent’s conflicts are territorial, it is obvious that the wars here are artificial and Western-catalyzed," Dr Lututala- Mumbasi said.