UN : Why Boko Haram should be placed on watchlist

Francois Fall, the Special Representative of
the Secretary-General for Central Africa and
the head of the UN Regional Office for the
region (UNOCA), has called on the
international community to place the Boko
Haram terrorist sect on watchlist.
Fall stated this at the UN headquarters in
New York while briefing the Security Council
on developments in the Central African sub-
region, NAN reports.

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Fall said: “the Nigeria-based Boko Haram
extremist group was also a malicious threat
to the region that the international
community needed to watch carefully, as it
continues to launch ‘indiscriminate attacks’
against security forces as well as civilians.
“Efforts to stamp out Boko Haram should
also focus on addressing the root causes of
the insurgency,” said the UN envoy.
He warned that the rising violence in the
Central African Republic threatened to spill
across the border into neighbouring
countries, creating further instability, and
urged continued and coordinated regional
efforts to bolster peace and security.
He said a comprehensive and cautious
approach is needed against the Lord’s
Resistance Army (LRA) as the African Union
works to replace its ongoing initiative against
the rebel group.
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Fall however warned that replacing the AU’s
initiative to neutralise the LRA should not
leave a security vacuum that the group could
exploit to relaunch and intensify its campaign
of violence.
He informed the 15-member Council of a
number of recent election campaigns,
including the October parliamentary ballots
in São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as
legislative and local elections in Gabon,
adding that elections in Chad, scheduled for
November, had been postponed.
“I encourage the Chadian authorities to
organise these elections as soon as possible
and call on the international community to
provide the necessary financial support to
the Government, as required,” Fall said.
On Cameroon, the UN official raised concern
over continuing reports of alleged human
rights violations and called on the
Government to speed up its efforts towards
decentralisation as well as promotion of
bilingualism and multiculturalism, as tensions
between French and English-speaking
communities continue.
Cameroon’s Anglophone regions the
country’s northwest and southwest regions –
have seen multiple strikes and
demonstrations over the past year as
tensions mounted over what the country’s
English-speakers see as discrimination against
them in favour of the majority French-
speaking population.

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Fall urged nations in Central Africa to “remain
committed” to institutional reform at the
Economic Community of Central African
States (ECCAS), particularly with regard to
funding mechanisms to ensure the effective
implementation of key projects in the areas
of peace, security and governance”.

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