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E.U. counterterrorism official promises assistance

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, European Union Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove

By: Abdulrahman Shamlan

At a recent press conference in Sana’a, European Union Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove reiterated E.U. support for Hadi and the National Unity Government and condemned the recent terrorist attack which killed a number of police cadets in Sana’a.

During his two-day visit to Yemen, de Kerchove also held talks with high-ranking Yemeni officials, including President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Minister of Defense Mohammed Nasser Ahmed and Interior Minister Abdul-Kader Qahtan. He also met with top security and intelligence chiefs.

“Our support covers all the aspects of the GCC initiative, including the security reorganization,” he said.

He pointed out that he had discussed ways the E.U. could support the restructuring of the security sector’s civilian aspects, and stated that while United States would focus on military efforts, the E.U. would be committed to civilian efforts.

de Kerchove said that in the coming three weeks, four E.U. experts are scheduled to arrive in Yemen to assist Yemeni authorities in assembling proposals regarding the military and security reorganization. He added that the experts would not impose any proposals on Yemeni authorities.

The counterterrorism coordinator underlined the importance of having a good legal framework, and a comprehensive approach to fighting terrorism. In this regard, de Kerchove emphasized that effective coordination by all involved partied would be necessary in eradicating Yemen’s terrorist networks.

de Kerchove further noted that the EU was currently working with Yemen’s Police Academy to formulate a new curriculum for cadets and to improve forensic and crime scene investigation techniques.