The Special Representative of the African Union (AU) Chairperson on Counter Terrorism, Lieutenant Colonel Larry (rtd), Gbevlo Lartey has called for closer ties between African states to deal with terrorism, particularly within the West African sub-region.
He said the modus operandi of the insurgence kept changing and it was important that member countries adopted a swifter approach to counter terrorism.
Lt. Col (rtd) Lartey made the call in Accra yesterday during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the AU and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on the development of a training programme and training of personnel on how to deal with terrorism.
He said the activities of terrorists posed threat to most countries saying the time had come to effectively equip AU member states to be able to deploy personnel to conflict areas on the continent.
Mr. Lartey, who was also the Director of the African Centre for Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), said the fact that most member states had not experienced any attack, did not mean they should be complacent.
Unfortunately, he said, most of the countries did not have architecture or counter terrorism facilities to deal with such activities when they occur.
‘There is the need to create synergy between member countries by effectively equipping themselves to deal with such practice,” he said.
The Director for Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research of KAIPTC Dr. Kwesi Aning, said the agreement among others, would include the development of strategies for All member Countries to understand how terrorists operate.
He said most countries lacked the understanding of the operatives, while some lacked the knowledge to prosecute the perpetrators when caught.
Again, some do not know the framework of how they operate, the forensics and many others,” he noted, saying the training would be rolled out in stages to build the capacities of beneficiaries of the programme.