Algeria and Sudan have reiterated the necessity to combine international efforts to dry up terrorists’ financial resources and face trans-border crime, said a joint statement issued at the end of the visit paid by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan to Algeria, and also called to benefit the maximum from the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), whose headquarters are in Algiers.
“As part of their efforts to fight terrorism, the two sides reiterated their condemnation of terrorism, in all its forms, and called for criminalization of ransom payment,” the joint statement underlined.
“The two sides also stressed the need to join forces to dry up the financial resources of terrorist groups and face trans-border crime, including drug trafficking and smuggling, as they represent a major financial source for terrorism.”
The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) was established in 2004 pursuant to the decision of the African Union (AU) High-Level Inter-Governmental Meeting on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism in Africa, held in Algiers in September 2002. It provides a forum for interaction and cooperation among Member States and Regional Mechanisms. The Centre is considered part of the Peace and Security Department of the AU Commission and plays an important role in guiding the AU’s CT efforts and implementing the AU counterterrorism framework. It works in collaboration with a number of regional and international partners to ensure coherent and coordinated CT efforts in the continent.
The ACSRT interacts with Member States through the national Focal Points (FP). The FP is a governmental body that coordinates the activities of all actors involved in the prevention and combating of terrorism at the national level. Functions and interactions between the ACSRT and the FP are established in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted during the Second Annual Meeting of FP, held in Algiers from 18 to 20 May 2006.
The ACRST also collaborates closely with a number of regional and international partners. These include the European Union (EU); the UN Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) and its Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED); the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF); the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); the relevant committees established pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions; the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF).