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Zambia to benefit from £5m anti-terrorism fund

MACKSON WASAMUNU, Malta
ZAMBIA is to benefit from the 5 million British pounds to be made available by the British Government to help countries build capacity to counter extremism and terrorism taking hold around the country.
A Commonwealth unit targeting extremists supporting international terrorism is being set up under plans announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Zambia will benefit from this plan by virtue of her membership to the Commonwealth.
Mr Cameron, who arrived in Malta on Thursday, told the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) yesterday that the £5 million would be used to help countries find new ways of stopping what he termed as “poisonous ideologies” from taking hold.
He said terrorism was affecting everyone and the Commonwealth has a vital role to play in broadening international efforts to counter extremism.
Mr Cameron said the Commonwealth has a vital role to play in broadening international efforts to counter extremism.
“This is the struggle of our generation, but by working together we will defeat this extremism scourge that is a threat to us all.”
He has pledged one million British pounds of funding annually for five years to help set up the new counter-extremism units and a further £200,000 that will go on expanding a European counter-radicalisation youth programme to include the Commonwealth.
Mr Cameron said experts will work with governments across Commonwealth countries to end the spread of terrorism.

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