Exchange of views with Pierre VIMONT, Executive Secretary General of the EEAS, on the situation in the Sahel:
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 19/02/2013 First transmission: 19/02/2013
MEPs exchanged views with Pierre VIMONT, Executive Secretary General of the EEAS, on the situation in the Sahel following the Ministerial meeting of the Monitoring and Support Group for Mali of 5 February 2013 on Tuesday 19th of February in the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was organized by the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs. MEPs raised concerns about the impossibility of stabilising the country and fight against the terrorist threats without a real cooperation with other countries in the region, especially Algeria.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels.
||Arrival of Pierre VIMONT, Executive Secretary General of the EEAS. Taking the seat.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Pierre VIMONT, Executive Secretary General of the EEAS: "Now we are facing a totally new situation whereby we have to see how can we go for the stabilisation and what is called in military terms the securitization of the whole country, and the Northern part of the country, where some of the rebel groups have gone and disappeared and are ready to counter-attack through 'one-shot' attacks, terrorist attacks and operations of that sorts that bring about what is usually called in military terms an 'asymmetrical war' which is always something that you fight with great difficulty".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Pierre VIMONT, Executive Secretary General of the EEAS: "Some are saying in Bamako that nothing will be really a solution in terms of reconciliation, that there will be no reconciliation before they have a new President to be the one who will give the legitimacy to that reconciliation process".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Pino ARLACCHI (S&D, IT), Rapporteur: "If we don't want to fool ourselves that the Mali crisis is solved with the French military intervention, and if we understand that the picture of the Sahel, without an involvement of Algeria, and without a complete change of politics, particularly let's say intelligence politics and the under-covered actions that have been put in place in the last 20 years in this area, and having Algeria on this side, I don't believe that we are going very far".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Charles TANNOCK (ECR, UK) Rapporteur on an EU Strategy for the Horn of Africa: "My question really was to do with the situation now in terms of terrorist threats and also with the training mission of the EDSP. I understand that there is something else on Niger and neighbouring Niger; Niger has Uranium mines and presumably there would be a danger that terrorists were able to capture the Uranium mines. Is that thinking as well that this is a vital target that needs to be safeguarded?"
||SOUNDBITE (English) Pierre VIMONT, Executive Secretary General of the EEAS: "We all know that to solve the Malian problem we need to need to solve the whole problem of the Sahel and that all the neighbouring countries have to work together".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Pierre VIMONT, Executive Secretary General of the EEAS: "The whole terrorist movement is spreading all over from the coast of the Atlantic up to the coast of Indian Ocean, and this is what we are facing today".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Pierre VIMONT, Executive Secretary General of the EEAS: "It's about exchanging information, it's about being able to share intelligence, it's about combining together their forces to fight this terrorist attack, and it's going right at the root of it all, which is drug trafficking, human beings trafficking and other trafficking of the same kind, weapons and whatever it is".
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