Boko Haram

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Economic Community of West African States to tackle the threat from Boko Haram.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

During the 22 January meeting of regional Foreign Ministers in Niamey, Niger, participants agreed that the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and African Union, working with the countries of the region would develop a credible response to tackle the threat of Boko Haram. The UK was represented at that meeting by my Right Honourable Friend the Member for Eddisbury, the Prime Minister's Special Representative for the Sahel. We expect that the African Union (AU)'s political and security council will discuss next steps during the AU Summit taking place in Addis Ababa this week.

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