An African official warns of the danger of terrorism on the continent

An African official warns of the danger of terrorism on the continent
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Tuesday 9 August 2022 – 14:14

The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union Commission warned that the threat posed by violent extremism and terrorism continues to lurk on the African continent and in the world in general, and stressed the need to “redouble efforts to develop capacities in order to maintain peace”.

The United Nations news website quoted Bankul Adewe as saying, in a briefing to the Security Council, that the African Union Commission is ready to continue implementing the African Union Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Agenda. United Nations for Sustainable Development 2030, noting that by doing so, “we will build capacities to maintain peace.” “.

For her part, Christina Duarte, Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General for African Affairs, said that “peace and security in Africa are threatened by a combination of external and internal factors that undermine the capacity of African countries to prevent and respond to violence. “

Duarte noted that factors such as external competition for a country’s natural resources fuel instability in Africa, and porous borders fuel black markets, facilitating the rise of cross-border crime and the proliferation of illegal weapons.

The same spokeswoman added that global terrorist networks are increasingly finding a foothold in various parts of Africa, while conflicts between states and non-state actors continue to cause displacement and destruction.

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