Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) – The third sessi-on of the forum of external security services of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) member countries on Thursday continued discussions on common issues of security within the community.
About 40 experts are attending the forum that opened here Wednesday, to deliberate on subversion, external armed aggression, political destabilisation and ways of tackling religious fundamentalism within the regional space.
The Ouagadougou forum follows those of Tripoli (Libya) in December 2003 and Bamako (Mali) in May 2004.
Addressing the opening session, the forum's current chair, Burkinabe Colonel Gilbert Diendéré emphasised that this meeting was expected to "breath new dynamism into the regional body to enable it to grow and mature".
He said the deliberations were also expected to buttress significant progress made in the quest for peace, stability and security in each of the CEN-SAD member countries.
He denounced religious fundamentalism, saying that it was a hindrance to development and synonymous to intolerance of divergent beliefs and views.
"The constant duty of people in charge of security is to do everything to enable CEN-SAD member countries thrive in peace and stability," he added.