Ethiopia: AU Summit approves new measures to fight terrorism

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 28th African Union Summit has approved a Special Fund to combat terrorism, with a renewed focus on eradicating the scourge of terror attacks by Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a senior official said Tuesday.

Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, said the Summit approved the new Special Fund, with a focus on handling the radicalization of the youth.

“The report on the creation of the Special Fund has been adopted. We are going to start working on how to establish the Fund. A ministerial meeting of the African ministers in charge of justice will be held in April to start working on its modalities of operationalisation,” the AU Commissioner said.

The fight against terrorism has been on the agenda of the Summit for the past few years.

The conflicts caused by the exploitation of natural resources and the recent links between terrorism and organised crime has been a top agenda item of discussion at the 28th AU Summit, which is under way in Addis Ababa.

The Summit has dedicated its discussions to the relations between the AU and the UN in handling the peace and security issues affecting the continent.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres, who attended the AU Summit, said the UN was prepared to provide capacity enhancement to African countries to enable them to deal with terrorism.

“We will step up our efforts to provide capacity building to fight terrorism,” Gueterres said.

The AU Department of Peace and Security provided the Summit with a progress report on its fight against terrorism.

Chergui said a task force formed by the AU to fight the LRA was successful in the arrest of senior commanders of the group.

“We have made enormous progress in arresting commanders of LRA. The next form of action would be mapped out,” Chergui told a news conference in Addis Ababa.

On Libya, the AU Summit appealed to the government there to reassess its presidential council and engage in a process of reconstituting it with a view to forming an inclusive government.

The AU also appealed for international assistance to enable Nigeria and other countries affected by terrorism to adjust accordingly in fighting the spread of the terror menace.

On South Sudan, the Summit approved a new round of political mediation and asked its chief political mediators to engage with President Salva Kiir’s government to re-launch the peace talks.
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31 january 2017 12:05:12




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