Report on IGAD Conference on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism UN Conference Centre, Addis Ababa 24 - 27 June 2003

"The speaker noted that Ethiopia was at the forefront of supporting the signing and implementation of various conventions to combat and prevent acts of terrorism. The Minister further stated that it was imperative for member states to work together and not to allow terrorism to divert attention or resources from the common agenda to alleviate poverty. In this context regional mechanisms constituted a vital platform for collective action against terrorism. Through consultation, member states will be able to improve their security arrangements, especially within and along the border areas. The Vice Minister concluded by offering the support of the Ethiopian Government towards the success of the conference."