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By Pita Ligaiula in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya’s deputy President Dr William Ruto has called on Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States to lead the way in the fight against terrorism which is threatening global peace and security around the world.
Speaking at the 110th Session of the ACP Council of Minister meeting, Dr Ruto said the need for a global approach in addressing its manifestation of the crime as well as the social, economic and political context in which it occurs.
“The threat of terrorism to global peace, as an evolving transnational menace requires a collective strategy, priority and response by the ACP, in addition to action taken by member states.
“Terrorism is one of the major causes of instability in the current environment. It seeks to undermine the very values that are the cornerstone of international cooperation.
“Terrorism will remain a key challenge to peace and stability and to State power, particularly through its ability to use asymmetric methods to bypass traditional security and defence systems.
ACP member states should lead from the front in providing recommendations on how the global community can collectively counter terrorism and extremism,” Dr Ruto said.
ACP Council of Ministers Chair and Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Patrick Pruaitch said the group is still seriously concerned by the escalation of conflicts in some of the ACP States.
“Some countries of our Group are still mired and continuing to face high levels of armed violence. Others are seriously affected by terrorism and violent extremism. This is a constant source of concern.
“We cannot walk the road of social and economic development and poverty reduction, in a state of instability. We have to work together to address the problems that afflict our societies,” said Pruaitch.
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