Defense Attaché of Belgium Pays a Working Visit to the ACSRT


On 18 September 2014, Colonel Fredric Derolez, the Belgian Defence Attache to the Republic of Algeria , visited the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).

After a warm welcome from Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Colonel Fredric Derolez was briefed on the highly volatile terrorism situation on the African Continent.

Ambassador Madeira said that Africa is facing daunting challenges as terrorist groups are showing signs of increased possession of conventional military capabilities which will exponentially spread the danger to the entire continent and beyond.

He added that Economic and Political deprivation, social disparity and poverty, psychological depression and misinterpretation of religious codes mainly account for the upsurge in terrorism.

He also highlighted the efforts undertaken by the ACSRT to address the scourge of terrorism by acting as a forum for interaction and cooperation among Member States and Regional Mechanisms on CT issues.

The two officials agreed that terrorism is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon with different dynamics in different places. These complexities also warrant multilayered approaches in addressing and rooting out all the conditions that may lead to it.

Colonel Derolez reaffirmed the willingness of his government to strongly cooperate with the ACSRT in antiterrorist efforts within the AU framework.