Situation in Mali and EU Training Mission Mali:

Type: Message   Reference: 90165   Duration: 00:05:04  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 24/01/2013   First transmission: 24/01/2013
Exchange of views with - Nicholas WESTCOTT, Managing Director for Africa, EEAS - Walter STEVENS, Director of Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, EEAS EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Admiral B. WILLIAMS, NATO - Michael GAHLER, (EPP, DE) Jointly with EP Committee on Foreign Affairs Background: Today the EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence, jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs, held an exchange on views on the actual Mali situation with the Managing Director for Africa in the European External Action Service (EEAS), Nicholas WESTCOTT, and the Director of Crisis Management and Planning Directorate of the EEAS, Walter STEVENS. Everybody is now looking towards the Conference of the African Union, that will take place on the 29th of January in the Etiopion capital Addis Abeba.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English): Nicholas WESTCOTT, Managing Director for Africa, EEAS: "This crisis did not come out of the clear blue sky, we knew for a long time that the Sahel is an extreme fragile and volatile region, which is why we developed that strategy for security and development, because we could see that this a problem, a long term problem that need a long term solution." 00:00:20
00:00:30 SOUNDBITE (English): Nicholas WESTCOTT, Managing Director for Africa, EEAS: "About commander and control, who will be in charge? That is a very important question where I don't have an answer where Walter have some more. This question we are going to ask on that conference on the 29th January. There needs to be a clear and effective structure, because you are getting a certain number of contingents coming in from different quarters and unless they work together we won't succeed." 00:00:37
00:01:07 SOUNDBITE (English): Nicholas WESTCOTT, Managing Director for Africa, EEAS: "Funding comes from a number of sources probably from hostage taking activities, but most of the money I believe comes from criminal activities, particularly smuggling narcotics and weapons. And this has delivered a steady stream of money, that is why the problems in Mali cannot be dealt with solely dealt in Mali and the whole regional aspect of this including the struggle against narcotic trafficking throughout West Africa is an essential part to the solution. And the EAES is looking around, it is extremely important that we support Mali, Mauretania, Niger and Burkina Faso, to avoid that the risk of contagion, which we have seen in the tragedy event in Algeria. " 00:00:56
00:02:03 SOUNDBITE (English): Nicholas WESTCOTT, Managing Director for Africa, EEAS: "They will certainly target Western targets but equally they wish to control as much of the region as possible. And that is why that our operation is only effective if we work hand in hands with the African Union and that is our objective in the forthcoming." 00:00:24
00:02:27 SOUNDBITE (English): Walter STEVENS, Director of Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, EEAS: "Recent developments have of course changing the game, but there has not been a main game change for the mission. The mission and the objectives are still the same. The Mali army still needs training, still needs restructuring and I would even say now more then ever, but of course we have to look at some specifics, for example the sequencing of the training, the idea to recall was to train for inter-army battle groups in all kinds of techniques', by also look at the chain of command and restructure the army." 00:00:37
00:03:04 SOUNDBITE (English): Admiral B. WILLIAMS, NATO: "The problem of any emerging crisis is putting together the requirements with potential donors and indeed the other way around too understand what donors might wish to give and matching them with the requirements. So the aim of the clearinghouse is quite simply, as I say a catalyst an aim to facilitate and draw together, to coordinate and scrutinize and prioritise the requirements to reach a level of equipment competences there to perform the task in Mali." 00:00:44
00:03:48 SOUNDBITE (German): Michael GAHLER, (EPP, DE): "Just now we could read on Spiegel online that information that it seems that the Mali soldiers or those who are cooperating with France, have committed executions on the taken rebels. It is chocking when you hear such act from committed by 'Allies'. These are symptoms of a complex problem, where we see no adjustments at the moment and there I take the conclusion that we need to show and enter in that region with more engagement." 00:00:40
00:04:28 Opening of the debate on Mali by the EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Jointly with EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, atmospheric shots during the debate, (7 shots) 00:00:36
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