AU warns Libya crisis, return of terrorists pose security challenges to Africa

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ALGIERS – Security deterioration in Libya and return of terrorists are posing further security challenges to Africa, warned Smail Chergui, African Union (AU) High Commissioner for Peace and Security, on Tuesday in Algiers.

“Terrorist and extremist organizations continue to overshadow the resilience and adaptation to measures taken by our member states,” Chergui said at the opening of the 12th meeting of the focal points of the African Center for Studies and Research on Terrorism.

He warned against the persistence of terrorist threat and security instability in the Sahel region, especially with the return of terrorists to some countries, such as Burkina Faso, despite the presence of UN forces.

As for the Libyan crisis, the AU official said that the political instability in the country remains a major concern, urging “further joint role between the African Union and the United Nations in order to bring together the Libyan warring parties for talks ahead of organizing elections.”



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