APS : MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2018
ALGIERS- The Foreign ministers of the 5+5 Dialogue countries agreed Sunday to promote a a “solidarity approach ” and an “enhanced cooperation” in the fight against terrorism,
its financing and connection with cross-border organized crime.
In a joint declaration at the end of the 14th conference of the Foreign ministers of the 5+5 Dialogue in the Western Mediterranean, the member countries encouraged “exchange of experiences in deradicalization, prevention of radicalization, the fight against violent extremism and terrorism, through demystification of the terror speech and full rehabilitation of victims.”
The participants expressed “concerns over the foreign terrorist fighters’ return to their home countries.”
They greeted, in this respect, the actions taken by the Global Counterterrorism Forum and other working groups, including that of Western Africa, co-chaired by Algeria and Canada which aims to “anticipate and effectively respond to terrorist threats.”
Concerning the Sahel region, the Western Mediterranean Foreign ministers reiterated their commitment to the Algiers agreement on peace and national reconciliation in Mali for a final settlement of Mali crisis.
The agreement, they underlined, should be implemented “in respect of Malians’ wish to appropriate the process of national dialogue, national unity and Mali territorial integrity, in addition to the opening of real prospects for an inclusive development.”
In this regard, the ministers called for an “ongoing mobilization” of the international community for a “full and effective” implementation of Algiers agreement to ensure stability and security in Mali and the whole Sahelo-Saharan region.
On Libya, the country members of 5+5 Dialogue expressed support to a “political solution” to the crisis shaking this country, based on an inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation, rejecting “any foreign interference.”
They also rejected “any military solution in Libya and expressed commitment to Libya’s unity, territorial integrity and national sovereignty.”
The participants expressed attachment to the creation and strengthening of unified institutions, including a unified national army under a civilian authority.
The Mediterranean Foreign ministers stressed full support to Libya’s presidential council and the government of national unity in their “efforts to restore peace and security in the country, to fight terrorism and achieve national reconciliation.”