REGIONAL BORDER SECURITY MANAGEMENT WEBINAR FOR AU MS SHARING BORDERS WITH LIBYA

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25 February 2021: The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) held the second workshop on “Border Security Management for Libya and its Neighbors” from 25th to 26th February 2021.

This second webinar workshop comes as a follow-up and in implementation of the recommendations of the first workshop held in January 2017, at the African Centre for Studies and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) on border security in Libya and its neighbours to facilitate a process to improve border security in the region.

The aim of the workshop is to further interrogate the impact of the security situation of the borders between Libya and its neighbours on the terrorism situation in the targeted AU Member States (MS) as well as the impact of the security situation in Libya on the effective policing and security of the borders between Libya and its neighbouring counties.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Idriss Mounir Lallali, Ag. Director of the ACSRT commended the participating countries and organizations for their continued commitment to support the African Union’s efforts in countering terrorism, violent extremism, and transnational organised crime on the African continent and in the region in particular.

He underlined that one of the basic objectives of the African Union is to establish an environment characterized by security and stability, in which citizens, whether individuals or groups, can live together in an atmosphere of peace, harmony and dignity.

Mr. Lallali highlighted that Africa currently represents a haven to some of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world and witnesses an unprecedented spread and expansion of terrorism and organised crime. This requires renewed commitments and engagement with enhanced cooperation, and coordination of our efforts to counter these threats.

He reiterated that the African Union would continue work for peace, stability, national reconciliation and development in Libya, in the full respect of its sovereignty, national unity, and territorial integrity. The AU will spare no effort to help strengthening regional cooperation and collective action in the Sahel and Sahara region.

The two-day webinar meeting convened representatives from Libya, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Sudan, Tunis, Niger as well as Head of AU office in Libya, Afripol, CISSA, EU BAM Libya, IOM, UNSMIL, NTBSM- Libya, UNODC, INTERPOL, FLU Sahel and ACSRT experts.