ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel participated, Wednesday in New York, in the seventh Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), of which Algeria is a founding member, said the Foreign Ministry in a communiqué.
The minister seized this opportunity to announce Algeria's decision to host, next spring, an international workshop on the role of the national reconciliation policy in the fight against terrorism, said the communiqué.
Messahel underlined that the initiative is based on "Algeria's experience, which allowed Algeria to recover, thanks to the national reconciliation policy advocated by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and adopted by popular referendum, peace and stability and to capitalize on the human and material resources for the country's development and the improvement of the socioeconomic conditions and the wellbeing of citizens."
The session, which was attended by ministers of thirty member states, as well as the United Nations Secretary General, focused on the progress achieved in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism since the 6th GCTF ministerial plenary meeting.
During this session, the different working groups presented their reports and the ministers approved new documents submitted by the working groups, relating to the establishment by the countries concerned mechanisms for the multidimensional fight against violent extremism, border security and the role of parliaments in the fight against terrorism, said the Ministry's communiqué.
The meeting was also an opportunity for Messahel to reiterate "Algeria's commitment to support the international counterterrorism effort within the GCTF, as well as within other international fora," said the communiqué.
In this regard, Messahel said that Algeria hosted last year two meetings of the GCTF working group on the Sahel, a GCTF plenary session as well as a workshop on the role of criminal justice in the fight against terrorism in Sahel countries. This working group is co-chaired by Algeria and Canada.
The minister also presented to the Forum the outcomes of the two international workshops organized by Algeria at its initiative, and which focused on the role of social networks and Internet, and the role of democracy in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism.
Messahel underlined the two main recommendations of the these two workshops, namely the proposal that the UN develop a charter defining the principles of the peaceful use of Internet and social networks and the creation, under the aegis of the UN, of a platform for experience sharing in the promotion of democracy and the rule of law, as tools of fight against violent extremism and terrorism.
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 20:03