The Eastern Africa Standby Force Coordination Mechanism (EASFCOM) condemns attack on Westgate Mall, Nairobi, Kenya.
23 September, 2013, Nairobi, Kenya.
On behalf of the Eastern Africa Standby Force Member States, EASFCOM condemns the desperate and cowardly act by terrorists on innocent civilians in the strongest terms possible.
The attack on Kenya, as a Member State of the Eastern Africa Standby Force, is an affront to the entire Eastern Africa Region and continues to pose a serious peace and security threat. As a Region, in solidarity we fully support the resolve of the Government of Kenya to continue defeating terrorism. It’s time that fundamentalists realize that they can never achieve their objectives by resorting to terrorist activities.
EASFCOM condoles with the bereaved families, relatives and friends of the people who lost their lives in the heinous attack. May Almighty God give them strength and courage during these sad moments. We wish the injured victims quick recovery.
EASFCOM commends all the efforts by the Government, the security forces and all those involved in the ongoing rescue operations. We further commend the solidarity, courage, determination and resilient spirit exhibited by the people of Kenya at this trying moment.
The Eastern Africa Standby Force is one of the five African Standby Forces whose mandate is to promote and enhance peace and security in the Eastern Africa region and beyond under the auspices of the African Union.
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