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Friday, 29 September 2017

Combating Terrorism: An Issue that Preoccupies Heads of African Security and Intelligence Services

The Sudanese capital, Khartoum, hosts during the coming days conference of directors of security and intelligence services of Africa on strategy for combating terrorism in the African continent in a view to making the continent by the year 2020 free of rebellions and negative phenomena that held it back throughout the past decades.
There are measures before the leaders of the security services in Africa that would boost means of combating terrorism in the continent, the first of which is enhancing social peace among the peoples in the African continent and then formation of a joint force of its states.
A number of experts and leaders of African countries have recommended taking measures that are expected to contribute more effectively to combating terrorism at the African Sahel region.
Former Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal expressed support to adoption of measures for combating terrorism in Africa.
Addressing African summit on combating terrorism, Sellal said Algeria has confidence in the preventive thinking of the African Peace and Security Council, which would certainly succeed in adopting specific measures for preventing terrorism in Africa.
According to Sellal, the African countries are called for to adopt innovative measures for reactivation of the legal and operational institutions of the African Union for continuation of intensification of their efforts for combating terrorism in all its forms.
He has added that considering the African structure of peace and security, the stability of the continent requires in a complementary manner exerting efforts in the field of development and conflicts’ settlement.
In this connection, Sellal has added that Algeria supports setting up a permanent body at the level of the African Union Commission to be basically tasked with combating terrorism to support the activities of the Peace and Security Council.
He focused on the political will for combating the terrorism phenomenon, which was expressed earlier by the African Agreement on Prevention and Combating of Terrorism.
He further stressed the importance of sharing of findings by the African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism as well as exchange of experiences pertinent to preventing the phenomenon.
Meanwhile, Sellal indicated that drying up sources of funding of terrorism should be given priority in combating the phenomenon which poses real threat to the cohesion of the African societies and an obstacle before their social and economic development and a factor for destabilization of states.
He said in the conference which was organized at the initiative of the African Peace and Security Council that Algeria had recently succeeded in releasing the last two abducted hostages in Mali, who had been held for nearly three years, without resorting to any form of ransom payment.
Executive Secretary of the African Security and Intelligence Commission, Shemelis Semayat, announced in a press conference in Khartoum the convening of 14th Conference of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) in Khartoum on September 28-29 with the participation of former presidents, consultants and experts from African countries.

He pointed the conference aims to discuss the security threats facing the continent, as well as the activation of the early warning mechanism.

He adds, the conference aims at combating terrorism and achieving security and stability in Africa.

He pointed out that the conference will tackle mapping out of security strategy to confront all forms of security threats facing the continent.

He noted that CISSA is working to provide intelligence to African leaders and the African Union Commission, particularly with regard to the conflicts and tensions experienced by a number of member states.

The Chairman of the Committee of the Intellectual Forum which is to be held on the sidelines of the conference, Ibrahim Mansour, said the forum would work to conduct a comprehensive dialogue on issues facing political stability and national accord.

He added that the forum would work to employ the media to contribute to laying firm foundations on the national principles, and issues of peaceful transfer of power, distribution of wealth and the link between modern education and development.

He pointed out that the forum would adopt a comprehensive concept of political stability extends to other aspects of values, culture and discuss available opportunities for political stability.

Vice President Hassabo Mohamed Abdel-Rahman accused some NGOs, which he described as negative ones, of interfering in the internal affairs of states, pointing out that they work under the pretext of humanitarian work to destabilize countries and represent one of the aspects of neocolonialism.
The Vice President stressed the importance of combating the phenomenon of mercenaries and terrorist combatants, calling for instituting cooperation among states to contain theses negative phenomena and mapping out legal framework on the national and continental levels.
Addressing CISSA’s regional workshop on the phenomenon of mercenaries and terrorist combatants, which was held in Khartoum last April, the Vice President called for boosting the joint efforts between the African countries for combating all phenomena related to terrorism.
The Director General of the Sudanese National Security and Intelligence Service, Gen. Mohamed Atta al-Moula, on his part, said the participation of 27 states in the workshop show their concern with combating terrorism and the phenomenon of mercenaries in the world.
He pointed out that the phenomenon impedes development in the African countries, a matter that calls for putting the recommendations of the workshop into concrete acts for combating it at the regional, continental and international levels.