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Senegal: Home minister urges African countries “not to harbour terrorism”

Posted by African Press International on September 27, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) Senegals Interior Minister Ousmane Ngom Tuesday urged African countries not “to provide a safe haven to terrorism” at the opening of a three-day sub-regional conference organised for 23 west and central African countries.

“We should not provide a safe haven to any form of terrorism,” Ngom said.

Ngom noted that all efforts will be necessary to pursue and fight terrorism just as cross-border criminal networks, suspicious NGOs and dodgy organisations which interconnection makes more difficult the assessment of the terrorist threat.

“Senegal changed its criminal code and procedures to deal ruthlessly with all forms of terrorism,” the Senegalese minister recalled.

“We are combating a fearful enemy: terrorism; the fight must neither be individual nor national nor continental but global,” he added, adding that his country already signed about 12 anti-terrorism agreements while four others are being examined.

The deputy representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) West and Central Africa regional Bureau, Amado Philip de Andres, called on each participant “to return home with a clear idea about the expectations of the UN Security Council on anti-terrorism, implementing sanctions against Al-Qaeda and the Talibans as well as preventing the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and follow-up these expectations”.

The UNODC Terrorism prevention Department meeting organised in conjunction with the experts of the three UN Security Council committees on anti-terrorism, seeks to build the countries capacities in preparing their reports to the three UN antiterrorist committees mainly by stressing the progress but also the challenges to be met.

Published by Korir, API*APN source.apa



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