AU The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, today appointed Mr. Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, from Mozambique, as his Special Representative in charge of Counter‐Terrorism Cooperation and, concurrently, as the Director of the Algiers‐based African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).
rmore, and in line with the decision adopted in Kampala, the AU Commission will, in the coming weeks, submit a report to the Peace and Security Council on how best to strengthen the effectiveness of Africa’s efforts to prevent and combat terrorism.
This appointment is in line with the decision on the prevention and combating of terrorism adopted by the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union held in Kampala, Uganda, from 25 to 27 July 2010. In that decision, the Assembly, inter alia, underscored the need for renewed efforts and increased mobilization to combat the scourge of terrorism, and requested the Commission to initiate appropriate measures to this end.
The special representative of the AU Commission Chairman on Terrorism Cooperation, has said the African continent is being confronted with extremism and intolerance, witnessing the threat that terrorism poses to survival of fragile democratic regimes on the continent faced with the massive loss of life and property.