1st African Regional Counter-Terrorism Coordinators meeting opens here

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Addis Ababa, 10 December 2013 (WIC) - The First African Regional Counter-Terrorism Coordinators Meeting opened here Friday under the theme: “Enhancing Counter-Terrorism Coordination at the Regional and Continental Levels”,

AU said. A press release AU posted on its website said the meeting has brought together counter-terrorism coordinators from the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), experts, the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) and the AU Commission.

Defense and Security Division of Peace and Security Department Head with the AU, Dr Tarek A. Sharif noted that the continent, and indeed the world at large, is faced with highly mobile, flexible, interconnected and invisible terrorist groups that are preoccupied with circumventing the various counter-measures by various security agencies.

He emphasized that this calls for national governments to strengthen methods of work and tighten cooperation and coordination.

The meeting is part of the efforts to operationalize the framework to improve regional and continental coordination and complementarity, information and experience sharing on the development and implementation of regional strategies for the prevention and combating of terrorism.

It will, therefore, enable exchange of views on how to strengthen regional and continental coordination and interagency cooperation.

According to ENA, the meeting will come up with concrete steps to strengthen interregional cooperation and coordination in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime.

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