International community must do more to help Africa fight terrorism: Secretary-General

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Ban Ki-moon

Success in combating terrorism in Africa is crucial for the continent's citizens to live in dignity and peace, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday.

Mr. Ban said the United Nations is strongly committed to doing its part in this fight.

He pointed out that terrorism thrives where borders are weakest.

” The lack of development and the absence of the rule of law allow terrorist groups to recruit across communities and build their ranks. Opportunistic links between terrorist and transnational organized crime groups ensure the constant flow of people, money, weapons and illicit goods across borders, contributing to the survival and proliferation of such groups. In such a climate, the international community and the United Nations must do more to strengthen the capacity of affected Member States.”

The Secretary-General made his remarks during a Security Council meeting on the challenges of fighting terrorism in Africa.

Togo holds the rotating monthly presidency of the Council and the country's President and Foreign Affairs Minister also participated in the meeting.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’17″

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