African leaders vow to intensify fight against terrorism

Addis Ababa, January 31, 2017 (FBC) - African leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to reinforce the fight against the scourge of terrorism in the continent.

In a briefing to the media today, African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, touched upon issues, including the fight against terrorism, the South Sudan peace process, and other issues affecting the peace, security and stability of Africa.

Commissioner Chergui said the fight against terrorism is one of the top priorities of the work of the African Union Commission, and accordingly the summit has reaffirmed the same.

In the last Kigali Summit, he said, the establishment of Special Fund to combat terrorism was agreed by the member states, and the work has been in progress. Once this is in effect, the Commissioner added, the continent will have another important tool to fight terrorism and extremism.

He mentioned that the African Union Commission is working on building the capacity of member states as key way forward in maintaining peace and realizing stability in the continent.

The Commissioner disclosed that the 28th AU summit commended the work of AMISOM in the fight against terrorism in Somalia, adding: "AMISOM" has successfully secured the election process in Somalia," with the election of the President scheduled to be held next month.

On South Sudan, Commissioner Chergui said the young nation among other priorities needs healing, contemplation and accountability, while at the same time underlining that the AUC cannot tolerate impunity.

He praised the efforts undertaken by the IGAD; equally important, he commended the UN for the commitment to bring stability to South Sudan, which he said was evident in the UN Chief's address at the ongoing AU Summit.

He underlined that the commission will further work with the government of South Sudan to bring peace and stability in the country.

The AUC commissioner further said efforts are also underway to bring normalcy in Libya.

Source: MoFA

Posted by Amare Asrat