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Good Governance Can End Terrorism – UN Chief :: Uganda Radionetwork

Good Governance Can End Terrorism – UN Chief

The UN Secretary General is concerned that terrorism and violent extremism are a growing threat on the continent. Indeed, Al-Shabaab, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Boko Haram, and the Lords Resistance Army had established a presence and expanded their activities across borders.
African leaders are urged to focus their programs on development, good governance and respect for human rights as a way to prevent terrorism.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon made the call during his speech to the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The African Union is holding its 26th Summit which ends tomorrow.

Ban expressed dismay that terrorism and violent extremism are a growing threat in Africa, as represented by the reach of groups such as Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and the Lord's Resistance Army.

The groups have over the years expanded their activities across borders with the LRA now reported to be operating in Central African Republic. Terrorism is also impacting peace operations, particularly in Mali and Somalia.

“Bullets may stop terrorists, but only development, good governance and respect for human rights can prevent terrorism,” he said.

The UN chief also expressed concern over the radicalization and recruitment of young people into these operations.

He hoped that the African Union will support his recently launched Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism. It calls for greater cooperation on border security and terrorist financing, among other recommendations.

Regarding South Sudan, Ban said he was "deeply disappointed" that a transitional unity government was not established by the 22 January deadline.

“I call on all parties urgently to resolve the disputes that are preventing the establishment of the government. The parties must place the interests of their young nation and its people, who have suffered long enough, above their own,” Ban, said, adding that it is critical that AU member States and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), hold the signatories accountable for following through on their commitments.

South Sudan has been in turmoil since a December 2013 political impasse between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar, which has led to scores of deaths and displaced millions.

On Burundi, He commended AU efforts to quell violence that began in April 2014 following a controversial decision by President Pierre Nkurunzizza to run for a third term in office.

“Burundi has descended into a deep political crisis in the past nine months. The country now stands perilously close to the brink,” the secretary general said. Ho however hastens to add that Burundi "can be brought back from the brink," but this will require support from the international community.

“Today, I am convinced that Burundi can be brought back from the brink. But we must all urgently direct our efforts in the same spirit and towards that same goal,” he said.

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