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“Marrakesh Platform” Opens To Discuss Counter-Terrorism Measures

The “Marrakesh Platform” is an important contribution towards a stronger regional response in the fight against terrorism, said, on Friday in Tangier, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-terrorism (UNOCT), Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov.

The increasingly complex nature of the terrorist threat requires multilateral cooperation and multiagency approaches to create a stronger and more cohesive regional response. The Marrakech Platform is an important contribution to that end. The Marrakesh Platform is the 2nd edition of the High-Level Meeting of Heads of Counter-Terrorism and Security Agencies in Africa co-chaired by Morocco and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT).

The Rabat Office has already conducted capacity-building activities including the launch last year of a specialized training program on counter-terrorism investigations. UNOCT staff members from the Counter-Terrorism Investigations Programme, Kidnap for Ransom Project, and the Global Fusion Cells Programme now also operate out of Rabat.

He also welcomed the “strategic cooperation” between Morocco and the United Nations Office of Counter-terrorism, noting that this meeting of the “Marrakech Platform” is an opportunity to discuss practical ways of supporting African member states in a more effective fight against terrorism.

« I am happy to see the Marrakesh Platform evolving with a growing level of participation and welcome the opportunity to once again have an open discussion with national stakeholders about the strategies and approaches to reinforce regional cooperation on counter-terrorism issues » he said.

The two-day Marrakesh Platform is an opportunity to address common challenges in inter-agency cooperation, share best practices in strategic decision-making and strengthen national approaches to counter-terrorism.

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