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MEP: Put Boko Haram on EU terror list

Member of the European Parliament, Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66), wants the European Union to place the Nigerian extremist organisation Boko Haram on its black list for terrorist organisations. Placing the organisation on this list would make it harder for those associated with the organisation to access or raise funds and to travel. Furthermore, Schaake wants the EU to assist Nigeria in any way it can to stop the spiral of violence Nigeria and to search for the more than 200 girls that were kidnapped recently. She sent the letter below to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to request that she takes these steps. ---
Baroness Catherine Ashton of Upholland
Vice-President/High Representetive for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
242, Rue de La Loi
B-1046 Brussels

Brussels, 9 May 2014

Honourable Lady Ashton, Recent developments of increased terrorist attacks in Nigeria are very worrying. The Nigerian government has been unable to combat the extremist islamist group Boko Haram effectively. Over the past years, the group has been responsible for a large number of violent and deadly terrorist attacks. Most recently, the group was responsible for kidnapping more than two hundred girls. Only this week, three Dutch citizens were kidnapped in the Niger delta. Nigeria is amongst the largest economies in Africa and has the capabilities to be a leading country in the region. The EU should do all it can to end the operations of Boko Haram in Nigeria and improve the security situation. Therefore, Boko Haram should be placed on the EU list for terrorist organisations. This will make it more difficult for the group to raise funds and for those associated with it to travel. We also need to develop a clear strategy on how the EU can help stop the spiral of violence that has gripped Nigeria. Furthermore, the EU urgently needs to offer assistance in the search for the kidnapped girls. We must make clear that the EU is both willing and able to contribute to ending terrorism in Nigeria. I look forward to receiving your answer. Sincerely, Marietje Schaake