France backs multi-national coalition against Boko Haram




France has welcomed the commitment made on Wednesday in Niamey by the heads of state of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad to contribute to a multinational force to combat the terrorist threat in Nigeria, within the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission. It noted that the commitment was in line with the action plan defined at the Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria on May 17,2014 and the follow-up meeting on June 12 in London aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism while ensuring respect for human rights. A statement by the First Counselor, Political Affairs and Communication, France Embassy, Georges Vanin, in Abuja on Thursday, described the decision as a positive step forward in the fight against terrorism. It said, “France welcomes the commitment made on july 23 in Niamey by the heads of state of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad to contribute to a multinational force to combat the terrorist threat in Nigeria, within the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

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“This commitment is in line with the action plan defined at the Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria on May 17 and the follow-up meeting on June 12 in London aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism while ensuring respect for human rights.“This decision is a positive step forward in the fight against terrorism, while yet another attack resulted in mass casualties in Kaduna in the northern part of the country.“We condemn this horrific act and extend our condolences to the victims’ families.”

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