NEW YORK, Sept 25, 2018 – Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma Tuesday held talks with under Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Vladimir Voronkov, and the Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) on the margins of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.
Voronkov acknowledged Kenya’s leadership role in the area of Counter- terrorism and Counter- Violence Extremism strategy noting progress achieved so far that partly informs the side event meeting showcasing Kenya-Ethiopia experience on border management to be held on October 1, 2018 during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.
Voronkov also informed of a proposal to establish a network of National Coordinators and focal points on counter terrorism that will be useful in sharing of experiences and best practices.
The executive director Ms Michele Coninsx, noted that Kenya has made significant progress in implementing recommendations made in previous meetings on improvement of border management in view of Kenya’s porous borders
The Cabinet Secretary said it will be important to enhance cooperation and establish monitoring and information sharing mechanisms including a high degree of documentation even as we try to rehabilitate terrorist fighters back into the society.
She reiterated Kenya’s support in upscaling action in the fight against Counter terrorism and Counter violence extremism, rehabilitation and reintegration of the fighters back into the society adding that the level of engagement between Kenya and the United Nations office on counter terrorism should be structured around increasing support.
Present at the meeting were Amb Martin Kimani, Director- National Counter-Terrorism Center and Amb Koki Muli, Deputy PR Kenya Mission in New York.