Director General of Uganda External Security Organization Pays Visit to the ACSRT

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Tuesday July 25th, 2017: The AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq. received a delegation from the Uganda External Security Organization led by His Excellency Ambassador Joseph Ocwet, the Director General of the organization, at the ACSRT Offices.

The two dignitaries discussed the implications of the scourge of terrorism on the stability, Human Security and economic well-being of the member states. They stressed on the need for the AU Member States to support the ACSRT to accomplish its mission as Africa’s Center of Excellence for research, study and capacity building in the prevention and combating of Terrorism and Violent Extremism.

H.E Ambassador Ocwet commented on the significance of the role of the ACSRT in assisting Member States of the African Union to build their Counter-Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism capacities. He stressed the need for enhanced cooperation between the ACSRT and the External Security Organization.

The African Union strongly condemns the terrorist attack at Finsbury Park, North London

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 19 June 2017: The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has expressed dismay at the attack in which a man drove a van into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House at Finsbury Park, London, killing one person and injuring 10 others.

The Chairperson of the Commission offers his condolences to the bereaved family and wishes speedy recovery to the injured. He also expresses the AU’s solidarity with the Government and people of the United Kingdom.

The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates the AU’s strong rejection of such extremist attacks and calls for sustained efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism, irrespective of the perpetrators. He reiterated the AU’s commitment to work with the Government of the UK and other stakeholders in this regard.

The African Union condemns the terrorist attack in Mali

Addis Ababa, 19 June 2017: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AU), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, strongly condemns the terrorist attack against security forces and civilians at Le Campement Kangaba resort, east of Bamako, Mali.

The Chairperson expresses the AU’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He reiterates the AU’s solidarity with the Government and people of Mali and its continued commitment to support the country in combating terrorism and restoring security and stability.

The Chairperson stated that, “Last night’s appalling attack, which comes a little over a week following my five-nation tour in the Sahel region, reinforces the urgent need for the international community to support the G5-Sahel cooperation agreement to address security issues along their common borders, including terrorism, transnational organized crime and inter-communal conflict”.

He added that the, “United Nations Security Council is considering a request from the countries of the G5-Sahel. I therefore stress the crucial importance of the Security Council’s support to the collective efforts of the countries of the region, within the framework of the AU-UN partnership based on the relevant provisions of Chapter VIII of the UN Charter.”

Final Communique of the Fifty First Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government

4 June 2017, Monrovia, Republic of Liberia

1. The Fifty-First Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) convened on 4 June 2017 in Monrovia, Republic of Liberia, under the chairmanship of H. E. Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and current Chair of the Authority.