UN chief urges int’l backing for counterterror in Sahel

ALGIERS UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Sunday called on the international community to throw weight behind counterterror efforts in Sahel.

Speaking to reporters as an African Union (AU) summit got underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Guterres said it was essential to respond to the calls of regional governments for security and development needs.

He vowed that the UN would keep on backing the peace deal in Mali, which could lead to regional stability.

He restated that extremism could not be eradiated by security means only, as development remained the optimal way to prevent it and ensure peace.

“It must be said that terrorism in Africa is not a threat only to Africa, terrorism in Africa is a global threat and it is everyone’s duty to show effective solidarity with the African States that are on the front line of this fight,” Guterres added.

The UN chief stressed that African peace enforcement involving the African Union (AU) needed concrete support under Chapter VII of the UN Charter which authorizes the Security Council to use force against threats to peace, breaches of the peace and acts of aggression.

Source: Kuwait News Agency