Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council on Mali: extracts from the press conference by Tiéman COULIBALY, Malian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 17/01/2013 First transmission: 17/01/2013
In the light of recent developments in Mali, an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council has been convened. The Council welcomed the efforts of the international community and in particular the rapid response of the France to the military offensive led by terrorist groups. Mali ask to the European Community their support, their commitment to launch the EU training mission to help the Malian army and to mobilize all resources available for humanitarian assistance.
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||Arrival of Tiéman Coulibaly, Malian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to the press conference room
||SOUNDBITE (in Frech) by Tiéman Coulibaly: We had a very interesting discussion with the European Foreign Ministers. We came looking for their support and their commitment to launch the EU training mission to help the Malian army as soon as possible, we also ask them to mobilize all resources available for humanitarian assistance and we also asked for the budget line that has been suspended in Mali last year. Of course it is up to Mali now to produce his own roadmap and to submitted to the assembly and to publish it. This is a precondition that has been set by interlocutors and we will comply with this precondition.
||General view of the audience
||SOUNDBITE (in Frech) by Tiéman Coulibaly: For the last few years we have seen many hostages taken and this just proves that is an obscure jihadist forces that paddle with drug trafficking have permeated a whole region and I think that really shows what their true nature is. The world can see what are they are all truly about. And of course they are prepared there aims are criminal and not political. They are criminals who want to settle in a certain region of the world and the subject us to their actions so it is a thread to civilization as a whole.
||Cutaway of journalists
||SOUNDBITE (in Frech) by Tiéman Coulibaly: Our military forces however are not sufficient which is why the UN felt that some kind of legal framework needed to be drown up to help Mali
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