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UK hails French Summit outcomes

19 May 2014, 07:35Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, William Hague, welcomed agreements at the just-ended Paris Summit on tackling Boko Haram.

The summit, convened by French President Francois Hollande in response to the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls and the deteriorating security situation in northern Nigeria, agreed a number of concrete measures including strengthening regional counter terrorism coordination, reinforcing efforts at international level to implement sanctions against Boko Haram and mobilising support for women exposed to sexual violence in conflict.

“The measures agreed today (weekend) are an important step in bringing the region together in the fight against Boko Haram, and the UK will play our full part in supporting them. We agreed on the immediate priority of helping the abducted schoolgirls and tackling the threat from Boko Haram, and measures such as a regional intelligence fusion cell and coordinated border patrols; as well as on longer-term action, such as work towards a regional counter-terrorism strategy. We also agreed to enhance our support for the victims of sexual violence in conflict, an issue on which I will host a Global Summit in London in June bringing together the international community to help end the culture of impunity for those who commit these crimes,” Hague said.

“Today’s summit sent a powerful signal: the region is united against Boko Haram and against terrorism in all its forms. The UK, alongside France, the US, the EU and our other international partners, stands firmly behind Nigeria and its neighbours and will help turn today’s commitments into action. As part of that, the UK will host a follow-up meeting next month to review progress against our collective goals.”

Government officials from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin, Niger as well the United States, France and the European Union, attended the summit.

– CAJ News

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