Beninese armed forces and civil society activists are being trained
Posted by African Press International on July 24, 2007
Cotonou (Benin) Beninese armed forces and civil society activists are being trained, since Monday in Cotonou, on the legal aspects of the anti-terrorism fight, APA has observed.
This drill on the legal aspects of the fight against terrorism should enable the different squads of the Beninese army to better absorb anti-terrorism legislation through various subjects relating to international law and to treaties on terrorism and the resort to force and military operations as a repression method, Paulin Djakpo, representative of the Foreign Affairs ministry, said.
There is no single method to retaliate against terrorism. However, it is now evident to recognize that terrorism, notwithstanding its geographic extent, threatens security in Africa and across the world, Djakpo underscored.
Considering this real threat, the African Union signed several agreements on terrorism and adopted an action plan on the phenomenon, the Foreign Affairs representative said.
“This plan of action details the specific strategies set for the implementation of the international instruments as well as the commitments of African states towards anti-terrorism efforts,” Djakpo stressed.
Besides this action plan, he said, the members of the Economic community of West African States (ECOWAS) have, on their part, taken strategic measures in terms of cooperation on security and anti-terrorism.
ECOWAS countries adopted, among others, the 1992 Convention on extraction, the 1999 Protocol for peace and security, the creation of the inter-government group against money laundering, and the 2003 Accord for police cooperation.
“Benin, which signed the bulk of these accords and conventions, has taken national measures to face this multiform phenomenon which is gaining a threatening ground,” Djakpo added.
Organised by the Beninese government in collaboration with the Defence Institute for international legal studies of the US defence department, this anti-terrorism training ends on next Friday.
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