On 21 February 2012, Mr Francesco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission in charge of Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, participated in the UN Security Council open debate on the Impact of Transnational Organized Crime on Peace and Stability in West Africa and the Sahel region. The debate was organized by the Togolese Republic, which assumed presidency of the Security Council for the Month of February, and chaired by President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe.

In the statement he delivered on behalf of the Chairperson of the Commission, Mr Madeira referred to the Common African Defense and Security Policy (CADSP), which covers not only the traditional threats to peace and security, but also the non-traditional ones.


He stressed that efforts to combat transnational organized crime should follow a multi-dimensional approach that addresses not only law enforcement and crime control, but also the underlying socio-economic conditions that give rise to crime, such as poverty, environmental degradation and social exclusion. He further stressed that such efforts require strong commitment not only from states in the region but other stakeholders and the international community at large. 

Posted by Lulit Kebede

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