AU committed to fighting extremism

GEORGE OKORE By GEORGE OKORE, 2nd Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The meeting agreed on stronger and more effective response to terrorism.

The meeting agreed on stronger and more effective response to terrorism.

The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) has agreed to respond to the continent’s greatest challenge - terrorism though a coordinated approach based on collective and multilateral actions.
The 455th PSC summit on terrorism, at the level of Heads of States and Governments, was hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, and adapted a raft of recommendations to fight the continent’s biggest menace. it is significant to note that today’s meeting was the first of its kind dedicated to terrorism.
The meeting agreed on stronger and more effective response to terrorism. The meeting exprressed deep concerns over the worsening scourge of terrorisms and violent extremists in Africa. This according to the Kenyan President is worsened by transnational organized crime, notably drug and human trafficking, money laundering and illicit trafficking of firearms.
“All the above processes threaten to peace, security, stability and development in Africa, said the president and he led other seven heads of states in condemning all terrorism acts committed, especially by various groups.
African states also need to act decisively. Existing counter-terrorism instruments and laws must be implemented and governments should commit to protecting civilians while undertaking security operations and ensuring that anti-terrorism efforts are not used to stifle political
In recent years, terrorism has emerged as a major security challenge in Africa. The gravity of this threat has escalated dramatically in the course of 2013 and 2014. In September 2013, the al-Shabaab attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall not only killed close to 70 people, but also brought the country to a standstill for three days. Since the beginning of this year, Kenya has continued to experience a number of terrorist attacks, undermining its status as a stable country.
In West Africa, terrorist group Boko Haram has become the most serious security threat facing Nigeria since the Biafran war in the 1960s. Boko Haram's attacks are now spreading into neighbouring countries, as shown by the recent abduction of the wife of Cameroon's Deputy Prime Minister, Amadou Ali. The group's activities now threaten to destabilise the entire region.
The scale and sophistication of recent attacks, along with increased regionalisation of terrorism by Boko Haram, al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Shabaab, demand a more robust collective response both at the regional and continental level. Therefore, the meeting urged AU to make a renewed effort to address terrorism in Africa.
At the recent summit in Malabo, the AU asked the Peace and Security Council (PSC) 'to devote a meeting, at summit level, on the issue of terrorism as part of a renewed effort towards the effective implementation of the AU counter-terrorism framework. The Nairobi meeting discussed what can be done to achieve a stronger and more effective response from the AU and its member states.
The meeting heard that coordination and intelligence-sharing between countries is valuable. So too is financial and material support, such as the initiative announced by United States (US) President Barack Obama during the recent US-Africa summit, which will assist in rectifying critical gaps in the capabilities of African security forces.
The meeting agreed that AU must work closely with the Regional Economic Cooperation blocks (RECs) in addressing terrorism and must to take the lead in an effective response to rising terrorism in Africa.


Kenya, Technology, Terorism, Terrorism, Terrorist, Uhuru Kenyatta

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

good post and thanks for sharing it with us.

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