Terrorism a growing threat in Africa – UN Chief to Security Council (7 October 2019)
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Opening remarks by H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations at Peace and Security in Africa: The centrality of preventive diplomacy, conflict prevention and resolution during the 8633rd meeting of the Security Council.
The Security Council met today (07 Oct) on “Peace and Security in Africa: The Centrality of Preventative Diplomacy, Conflict Prevention and Resolution”. The meeting, convened under South Africa’s presidency this month, emphasized the Council’s role in cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations.
Addressing the Security Council members, Secretary-General, António Guterres said,
“Terrorism is a growing threat across Africa, with serious implications for peace and security everywhere. In the Sahel, terrorist groups regularly attack local and international security forces – we had another death yesterday – including our Blue Helmets serving with MINUSMA. The violence is spreading to coastal states along the Gulf of Guinea.”
Recalling the importance of UN peacekeeping efforts in Africa, Guterres commended UN’s cooperation with the African Union, “including with the AU’s Peace and Security Council.”
He added, “Across the continent, the United Nations is working in steadfast and close cooperation with the African Union and African sub-regional organizations to prevent and resolve conflicts.”