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West African countries assess reserve force to suppress insurgencies in the region-

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  Seven member states of the Accra Initiative a West African security cooperation initiative are considering establishing a standby military force to deal with armed insurgencies within the region a Ghanaian minister said on Sunday Albert Kan Dapaah Ghana s Minister of National Security revealed this at a press conference to shed more light on the steps that have been taken so far to protect the territorial integrity of member states and the sub region at large We are seriously considering setting up a standby force but what form it would take is still under consideration Dapaah revealed The respective defense chiefs of staff of our member states have been discussing the details of the standby force and once we are ready we will inform the general public about the form it will take he said It revealed that the porous borders in the subregion and the ungoverned spaces in the different countries were some of the main attractions for armed insurgents and jihadist groups One of our key considerations is to ensure that there are not too many ungoverned territories in our member countries We will also make it more difficult for jihadists to radicalize youth in border communities Dapaah said Youth unemployment is a critical factor in radicalisation Our ability to manage youth unemployment in a more coordinated way so that it does not become a threat to national and regional security will be key to confronting armed insurgencies in member states said she said The Accra Initiative was established in September 2017 to enhance intelligence and security cooperation among member states which include Ghana Benin C te d Ivoire Burkina Faso Mali Togo and Niger Xinhua
West African countries assess reserve force to suppress insurgencies in the region-

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– Seven member states of the Accra Initiative, a West African security cooperation initiative, are considering establishing a standby military force to deal with armed insurgencies within the region, a Ghanaian minister said on Sunday.

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Albert Kan Dapaah, Ghana’s Minister of National Security, revealed this at a press conference to shed more light on the steps that have been taken so far to protect the territorial integrity of member states and the sub-region at large.

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“We are seriously considering setting up a standby force, but what form it would take is still under consideration,” Dapaah revealed.

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“The respective defense chiefs of staff of our member states have been discussing the details of the standby force, and once we are ready, we will inform the general public about the form it will take,” he said.

It revealed that the porous borders in the subregion and the ungoverned spaces in the different countries were some of the main attractions for armed insurgents and jihadist groups.

“One of our key considerations is to ensure that there are not too many ungoverned territories in our member countries. We will also make it more difficult for jihadists to radicalize youth in border communities,” Dapaah said.

“Youth unemployment is a critical factor in radicalisation. Our ability to manage youth unemployment in a more coordinated way so that it does not become a threat to national and regional security will be key to confronting armed insurgencies in member states” , said. she said.

The Accra Initiative was established in September 2017 to enhance intelligence and security cooperation among member states, which include Ghana, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, and Niger. ■

(Xinhua)

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