International forum on peace, security in Africa ends

Diamniadio, Senegal (PANA) – The 4th Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa ended on Tuesday in the Senegalese city of Diamniadio, with a call on Africa to rely on itself first to ensure its security before appealing to the international community.

"We must engage to resolve our problems before calling for foreign aid. I don’t think that Africa’s defence will come from the outside world. I don’t believe so. Africa must first ensure its security and our partners will come after that," said Senegalese President Macky Sall.

The two-day forum closed with a high-level panel chaired by President Sall, Rwandan president Paul Kagame and Malian president Ibrahima Boubacar Keïta.

The Chadian Prime Minister, Albert Pahimi Padacké, the chairman of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, the French minister of Armed forces, Mrs Florence Parly, and the deputy minister to the Japanese ministry of foreign affairs, Masahisa Sato also attended the panel discussion.

Mr Padacké pointed out that his country has made efforts to help its neighbours - Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon - to fight against Boko Haram terrorists who operate in the Lake Chad basin.

"We must first count on ourselves for the safety of the continent and the Africans. It’s our responsibility to protect our countries and populations. We can still call on the international community, but we shouldn’t expect everything from them," he said.

"Chad does not accommodate any terrorist organisation but the country was the first to intervene in Mali and devote huge resources to the fight against terrorism which affects our neighbours," he said.

The forum, however, stressed the need for sub-regional and international cooperation to fight against terrorism, in Africa particularly.

Debates focused on several themes including terrorism and violent extremism, Africa and the new security challenges, migrations and security challenges, the fight against terrorism financing, security and maritime safety in Africa, as well as cybercriminality and the information and digital space management.

The two-day was held under the auspices of the Senegalese ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Senegalese Living Abroad, with the support of the French Ministry of Defence and several other partners.

The theme for this year was "Security challenges in Africa: Integrated solutions." It brought together more than 400 participants including regional and international actors, public and military authorities, experts, academics, diplomats, representatives of international organisations and civil society activists.

The organisation of the forum was decided in December 2013 in Paris in a France-Africa summit on the fight against terrorism.
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