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Turkey would help Africa fight terrorism – Prez Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has assured that his country will support Ghana fight the creeping wave of terrorism engulfing the sub-region and the continent.

In January, 28 people were killed and a further 56 injured after Islamist militants attacked a hotel in Burkina Faso.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has said it carried out the attack. Boko Haram continues to overwhelm Nigeria and its neighbors.

Analysts have prompted Ghana to be alert in order to fend off incursions.

Addressing Ghana’s Parliament today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the terror attacks which claimed lives in Burkina Faso and Mali require time tested approaches.

“Primarily, in our fight against terrorism, we have to take our mutual stance forward especially with the countries in Western Africa. We can contribute tremendously to the establishment of global peace and stability. Turkey has a vast array of experience in combating terrorism that’s why we understand the countries suffering from terrorism best.”

“In the entirety of counter terrorism platforms, Turkey is an influential and active figure. I would like to vocalise this fact to the Ghanaian Parliament and to the rest of the world, in order to combat terrorism, we have to base our efforts on principles agreed unanimously by the nations of the world,” he said.

UN security council must be reformed

President Tayyip Erdogan also expressed displeasure over the existing structure of the United Nations and questions why the 5 member security council is placed at the helm of affairs of the global body.

In the ongoing Syrian crisis, he blasted the UN for failing to intervene to save the lives of innocent people.

“The entire world depends on the words that come out of the five permanent seat holders of the Security Council. If one permanent seat holder within the Security Council says no to something, it’s an indefinite no. But if it’s a yes, then it’s an indefinite yes. But never forget that the world is greater than the five permanent seat holders of the Security Council.

“So the rest of the world cannot rely on the decisions made by the five members of the Security Council of the United Nations. That is why we have to step forward in order for a reform to take place within the United Nations Security Council,” he added.

Source: Ghana/

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