The ACP Council of Ministers, meeting in its 99th session in Nairobi (Kenya) from 16 to 18 June 2014,
DEEPLY SHOCKED at the terrorist attack carried out during the night of 15 June 2014, by a group of about fifty heavily-armed men in several neighbourhoods at the Mpeketoni settlement area, which killed some 50 innocent and defenseless civilians;
GRAVELY CONCERNED by the increasing number of terrorist acts in the East Africa region, as in several other ACP regions;
AWARE of the adverse impact of terrorism on stability, a condition sine qua non for economic development and social progress;
RECALLING its resolution on the prevention and fight against terrorism adopted at its 98th session held in Brussels on 10 and 11 December 2013,
1. Strongly condemns the killings and destruction of property in the Mpeketoni area;
2. Extends its heartfelt condolences as well as its profound solidarity to the Government and people of Kenya, and to the families of the victims;
3. Calls for those responsible for these acts be investigated, arrested and brought to justice;
4. Unreservedly condemns the attitude of individuals or groups who utilise the propagation of terrorism to destabilise States;
5. Reiterates its firm rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reaffirms its commitment to do everything possible to thwart and effectively combat this scourge on humanity;
6. Pays tribute to the Kenyan Government for its determination and commitment to combat terrorism and expresses to it the gratitude of the ACP Group;
7. Encourages the ACP States to support the peace-keeping and stabilisation operations being carried out by the African Union Mission in Somalia; and
8. Instructs the Secretariat to explore the possibilities that exist in the framework of the ACP-EU Partnership to build the capacities of the ACP States to prevent and combat terrorism.
Nairobi, 18 June 2014