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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:05 - Updated Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:04

Angola adopts measures to prevent terrorism - official

Luanda - Angola has adopted a set of legal and administrative procedures to prevent and combat terrorism and its funding, said on Tuesday in Luanda, the State Secretary for Interior, Eugénio Laborinho.

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Eugénio Laborinho - Secretário de Estado do Interior

Photo: Clemente dos Santos

The official stated this at the opening of the regional seminar on terrorism in Central Africa, sponsored by Angolan Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, and the Interior, in partnership with the United Nations.

"It was with satisfaction to Angola, under the Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, in his capacity as chairman of the Great Lakes Region, to accept the request of the United Nations to organise this event," he said.

He stressed that this issue is part of the pacification strategy and resolution of conflicts in the Central African region and the African continent in general.

According to him, the international terrorism is considered at present one of the most serious threats.

Eugenio Laborinho added that the terrorism is one of the major challenges facing the international community, as it calls into question the stability of the States and efforts to their development and social welfare.

He added that this phenomenon is also the most heinous form of transnational organised crime in contravention of the individual freedoms and universally accepted human rights.

To this purpose, the official suggested urgent need to combine effort leading to the adoption of appropriate and effective mechanisms, both from the political, social

, economic, cultural, and military and security view point.

According to the official, the mechanism will help mitigate the harmful effects of this practice.

The Secretary of State also said that the seminar is taking place at a decisive time for the international community as some part of the world still record the resurgence of terrorist activities.

The event brings together experts from Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo, Ruanda, São Tomé and Príncipe and representatives of civil society.

The meeting, which is slated to end on Thursday,  is focused on finding of effective mechanisms to prevent and combat terrorism affecting some countries in Central Africa, with stress to the actions carried out by the Boko Haram group.

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