Central Africa vows to fight terrorism

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The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have pledged to crack down on terrorism in the sub-region, sources close to the Congolese Ministry of Defence, War Veterans and Disabled said here Tuesday.

This indication was given at the opening of a regional seminar, organised by the African Centre on the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), on terrorism-related threats and vulnerabilities as well as on the fight against terrorism in Central Africa.

The seminar is to enable representatives from ECCAS countries to learn about terrorism trends and development in Africa as well as study ways of preventing threat to peace, security and economic development.

It also seeks to encourage a greater understanding of terrorism in Central Africa and the changing nature of terrorist activities at the global and local levels in order to set up the African Union’s action Plan on terrorism prevention and fight.

Issues addressed mainly cover the terrorist threats in the Central African region, the interactions of the terrorist phenomenon with organised crime, the phenomenon of highway men, money laundering, the various illicit traffickings among others.

CAERT Director Boubakar Gaoussou Diarra recalled that during the 2005 World Summit, UN member states for the first time condemned terrorism in all its forms.

More than 35 African countries have ratified the continental Convention on terro rism prevention and fight, Diarra said.

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