AU Appoints Special Representative in charge of Counter-Terrorism Cooperation

AU The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, today appointed Mr. Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, from Mozambique, as his Special Representative in charge of Counter‐Terrorism Cooperation and, concurrently, as the Director of the Algiers‐based African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).

Mr. Madeira, a career diplomat, has served as Ambassador of Mozambique in several African countries and as a diplomatic presidential advisor. He was also Minister in the President’s Office for Parliamentary Affairs and subsequently Minister for Diplomatic Affairs. He has taken part in the efforts to promote peace in the Great Lakes region, as well as in the negotiations with the Lord’s Resistance Army. Mr. Madeira has been the Special Envoy of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)/AU for the Comoros from 1999 to 2010.

This appointment is in line with the decision on the prevention and combating of terrorism adopted by the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union held in Kampala, Uganda, from 25 to 27 July 2010. In that decision, the Assembly, inter alia, underscored the need for renewed efforts and increased mobilization to combat the scourge of terrorism, and requested the Commission to initiate appropriate measures to this end.

In his capacity as Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission, Mr. Madeira will coordinate efforts aimed at ensuring the effective implementation of the relevant AU instruments, including the 1999 Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism, and its 2004 related Protocol, as well as the 2002 Plan of Action. His efforts will also focus on the mobilization of the international community in support of Africa’s efforts towards combating terrorism.

As Director of the ACRST, Mr. Madeira will work towards the enhancement of the capacity of the Centre, including its human resources, as well as of its coordinating role and overall contribution to the efforts to prevent and combat terrorism. In so doing, he will build on the results achieved so far.

Upon assumption of duty, Mr. Madeira will undertake consultations with Member States currently facing the threat of terrorism and other stakeholders, to identify practical measures through which the AU can better support their efforts.

Furthermore, and in line with the decision adopted in Kampala, the AU Commission will, in the coming weeks, submit a report to the Peace and Security Council on how best to strengthen the effectiveness of Africa’s efforts to prevent and combat terrorism.

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