National
UN determined to help Africa fight terrorism: Ban
Publish Date: Jun 29, 2014
UN determined to help Africa fight terrorism: Ban
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
  • mail
  • img
newvision

NAIROBI - The United Nations is determined to help Kenya and other countries in Africa fight "terrorism" following a series of deadly attacks, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday.

Speaking in the capital Nairobi, he said he had talked with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta "at length" about how the UN and Kenyan government can work together in countering "heinous" attacks.

"(The) UN is determined to work together with the Kenyan government in helping enhancing the capacities of the Kenyan government and many African countries who are suffering from this international terrorism," he said, although he did not give further details of what form any assistance might take.

He also told reporters that their talks had also covered major political and security issues concerning counter-terrorism in the region.

Kenya has been the scene of a series of attacks attributed to the Somali Al-Qaeda-linked group Al-Shabaab and their supporters since Kenya sent troops over the border to help fight the group in 2011.

The Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the assault on the Westgate shopping centre that killed at least 67 people in the Kenyan capital in September last year as well as for two nighttime attacks on the Kenyan coast in the middle of June that claimed around 60 lives.

Al-Shabaab rebels said they carried out the attacks in retaliation for Kenya's military presence in Somalia and the Kenyan government's "brutal oppression" of Muslims, although the Kenyan President blamed "local political networks" for the killings.

During their interview, the president and secretary-general also discussed Somalia, the crisis-hit South Sudan, and the Great Lakes region, where tensions remain high between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Ban arrived in the Kenyan capital at the close of a UN Environment summit. As part of the trip he also visited the Nairobi National Park where the UN is working to fight the traffic in fauna and flora, where he adopted a six-month old lion cub.

RELATED ARTICLES

Uganda creates tourism police amid terror threat

US warns of terrorist threat to Uganda churches

U.S. warns of terror attack

Wanted Al-Shabaab terrorist enters Uganda

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Saleh to lecture graduates on wealth
eneral Salim Saleh is among the key speakers during this year's 10th graduation ceremony for Makerere University Business School (MUBS)....
East Africa nutrition report  to be launched
The global nutrition report East Africa launch is slated today Friday in the Tanzanian coastal city of Dar es Salaam....
Construction firm sues UN over sh2.7bn loss
KWIK Building Contractors and Engineering alleges that it was in 2012 awarded a contract to construct UN regional offices in Entebbe at US$ 3.8m, but cancelled the contract...
US General, Angina discuss regional security
THE deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Charles Angina, Wednesday held talks on regional security with the US general commanding the Combined Joint Task Force Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer...
ILO wants visa requirements for Africans scrapped
THE International Labour Organization has implored African countries to scrap visa requirements for Africans to stop Africans dying as they attempt to make risky trips to Europe...
Besigye arrested over illegal rally
FORMER Forum for Democratic Change president Dr Kizza Besigye has been arrested for reportedly planning to hold an illegal rally in Ndeeba, Kampala...
Should medical students be subjected to pre-admission exams?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter