Participation of José Manuel Barroso to the 5+5 Dialogue Malta Summit: press statement
End production: 05/10/2012 First transmission: 05/10/2012
On 5 October 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made a declaration on Middle East situation.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in FRENCH) saying that from a political standpoint the opportunity they have to hold such consultations allows them to better understand, for instance, the issues these countries are confronted with, the difficulties they are facing as regards the strengthening of their democracy or how they can help them, and on their side they can also have a better understanding of their own difficulties on this process, these are the reasons why he thinks such fora are so important and brings a considerable added value.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso answering to the question "What to think about Mali which stands as 'the weakest link' of the fora": saying that when talking about this cooperation initiative security issues are indeed among the top priorities, for instance how to strengthen existing democracy and guarantee security at the same time, it is crucial for countries in this area, Mali indeed, the Sahel Region, Maghreb and also Europe; it is essential to adopt an approach that will prevent a situation like in Afghanistan in an area close to Europe; saying that they need to get more engaged to avoid any possible future terrorist threats.