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DECLARATION BY THE ACP COUNCIL OF MINISTERS ON THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN MPEKETONI, KENYA

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The ACP Council of Ministers, meeting in its 99th session in Nairobi (Kenya) from 16 to 18 June 2014,
 
- DEEPLY SHOCKED at the terrorist attack carried out during the night of 15 June 2014, by a group of about fifty heavily-armed men in several neighbourhoods at the Mpeketoni settlement area, which killed some 50 innocent and defenseless civilians; 
 
- GRAVELY CONCERNED by the increasing number of terrorist acts in the East Africa region, as in several other ACP regions;
 
- AWARE of the adverse impact of terrorism on stability, a condition sine qua non for economic development and social progress;
 
- RECALLING its resolution on the prevention and fight against terrorism adopted at its 98th session held in Brussels on 10 and 11 December 2013,
 
 
HEREBY:
 
1. Strongly condemns the killings and destruction of property in the Mpeketoni area;  
 
2. Extends its heartfelt condolences as well as its profound solidarity to the Government and people of Kenya, and to the families of the victims;
 
3. Calls for those responsible for these acts be investigated, arrested and brought to justice;
 
4. Unreservedly condemns the attitude of individuals or groups who utilise the propagation of terrorism to destabilise States;
 
5. Reiterates its firm rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reaffirms its commitment to do everything possible to thwart and effectively combat this scourge on humanity;
6. Pays tribute to the Kenyan Government for its determination and commitment to combat terrorism and expresses to it the gratitude of the ACP Group; 
 
7. Encourages the ACP States to support the peace-keeping and stabilisation operations being carried out by the African Union Mission in Somalia; and
 
8. Instructs the Secretariat to explore the possibilities that exist in the framework of the ACP-EU Partnership to build the capacities of the ACP States to prevent and combat terrorism. 
 
 
Nairobi, 18 June 2014
 


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