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Over the last six months, the consequences of the terrorist attacks reached a very alarming level in the G5 Sahel space, president of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore lamented on Saturday here in the capital Ouagadougou and urged his peers to pool means.

He said it in his opening speech of a special Summit of the Heads of State of the Economic community of the West African States (Ecowas, a community of 15 countries) on the fight against terrorism in the West African region.


At least ten heads of state, notably Idriss Deby Itno of Chad, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali, Ould Ghazouani of Mauritania, Georges Weah of Liberia, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Patrice Talon of Benin, Macky Sall of Senegal, Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire and Faure Gnassingbé of Togo, attend the conference of Ouagadougou.

The Ecowas special Summit is expected to make decisions regarding the escalation of terrorism in the five countries Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad forming the G5 Sahel.

Addressing his counterparts, President Kaboré said that “the escalation of violence and insecurity have triggered an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, causing several millions of internal refugees, many military and civilian victims, abandoned school and health-care facilities and destroyed symbols of the State”.

“We can make the observation that terrorist threats extend their reach, after all the terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad as well as in Grand-Bassam in Côte d’Ivoire and in Benin, with the abduction of two French nationals and the killing of their local guide”, he also said.

The President of Faso underscored that “our States must pool their human, material and intelligence resources, equip and train our defense and security forces so as to strengthen their operational capacities in their fight against the scourge in West Africa”.

“We have great challenges, whether it is terrorism or other forms of cross-border criminality, particularly arms, drugs and human beings trafficking by clandestine migration networks”, president Kabore of Burkina Faso also stated. Enditem


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