Extracts from the statement by Kristalina GEORGIEVA, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, following her visit to Mali
Première transmission: 25/01/2013
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 25/01/2013
The European Commission is boosting again its humanitarian aid for the Mali crisis with €20 million – a needed increase that will help respond to the escalating crisis in the country where large numbers of people are fleeing from the conflict and thousands of children are severely malnourished.
The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, is in Mali now, returning after her last visit a month ago. She is assessing the situation to determine how the aid can be spent to reach maximum impact
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||Arrival of Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
||SOUNDBITE by Kristalina Georgieva (In English) saying that: Last year the country was hit by a triple crisis: Food crisis, political crisis and conflicts in the North. It led to internal displacements and a flight of refugees in the neighbourhood countries. So far, the military offensive has not led to massive increase in either needs or refugees flows.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Kristalina Georgieva (In English) saying that: Right now, access is the main issue. The humanitarian organizations are required to make requests for access to areas in the North where in the past they would go without permissions. For this reason I appeal to all those involved in the conflict to do all they can to ensure that organization providing humanitarian assistance to people on the ground face as few obstacles as possible and that permission are given as quickly as possible.
||SOUNDBITE by Kristalina Georgieva (In English) saying that: It is important to have a solid system of civil-military coordination. I very much appreciate the efforts that French are putting into this, assigning 3 full time civil-military coordination officers. The United Nations is also stepping up their commitments; they have already sent a full time person dedicated to this; more needs to be done; this is the sort of crisis where we need to act fast and put the resources to good use now.
||SOUNDBITE by Kristalina Georgieva (In English) saying that: Last year we have provided 78 million Euros in assistance to address humanitarian needs in Mali. When I visited in early December we added 28 million in emergency assistance and during this visit we have increased with another 20 million to make sure that funding is not a constraint to help people in dyer need.
||Kristalina Georgieva leaving the press room