17 June 2014

Kenya: AU Mourns Mpeketoni Terror Victims

Nairobi — THE Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, expressed the organisation's solidarity with Kenya on the back of terror attacks.

She condemned the massacre of over 50 people, by Al-Shabaab, in the town of Mpeketoni, near the coastal city of Lamu, on Sunday night.

She expressed AU's heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wishes strength and speedy recovery to the wounded.

Dlamini-Zuma reiterated solidarity with the Government and people of Kenya, and its support to the efforts of the Kenyan Government to combat the scourge of terrorism.

“The Chairperson of the Commission emphasizes that this horrendous attack is yet another testimony to the menace posed by Al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups to peace, security and development on the continent. She stresses that Al-Shabaab is not only the enemy of the Somali and Kenyan peoples, but also an enemy of humanity and all principles of peace and tolerance that Africa is striving for,” read a statement from her office.

She commended the Government and people of Kenya, as well as all other troops and police contributing countries to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for their unwavering commitment to support their Somali brethren in combating terrorism, restoring the rule of law and rebuilding their state institutions.

“The Chairperson reiterates AU's strong rejection of all forms of terrorism and extremism, and emphasizes that the only way to eliminate this menace is through collective, concrete and coordinated action by all Member States. In this regard, she recalls that the AU counter-terrorism instruments provide an ideal cooperative framework for the prevention and combating of terrorism. She appeals to Member States to fully implement the provisions contained therein,” added the statement.

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