Statement by José Manuel Barroso on Mali
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 26/10/2012 First transmission: 26/10/2012
On 26 October 2012, José Manuel Barroso, travelled to Benin and met with Boni Yayi, President of Benin and Chairperson of the African Union.
This video shows the statement he made on the situation in Mali.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in FRENCH) saying that, actually, he met with and they discussed the issues of the situation in Benin, the bilateral relationships but also the regional conflicts such as in the Sahel, Mali and Guinea Bissau. He thinks that the role of Boni Yayi, President of Benin and Chairperson of the African Union, is really important. Furthermore, Benin is a member of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) and ECOWAS feels concerned about the resolution of the conflict in Mali. The situation remains very worrying. They are having consultations with their African friends in the region, the African Union and the United Nations in order to find a solution. They want the restoration of the rule of law in Mali. The international community must do everything possible to avoid that Mali become a threat to the stability of the region and even outside the region. This is why they support the efforts of ECOWAS, the African Union. Aiming to find a solution of stability, they are developing some plans, notably, to guarantee a republican army in Mali, restore order in all Malian territories and avoid this country to become a hotbed of terrorism while it had done so much progress. He takes the opportunity to congratulate all the efforts made by Boni Yayi, the African Union and ECOWAS in collaboration with the European Union and the United Nations in their work for a stable solution, guaranteeing peace in the region and the fundamental aspirations of the people of Mali.