Participation of Andris Piebalgs to the 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa: statements and bilateral meetings
End production: 27/01/2013 First transmission: 28/01/2013
On 28 January 2013, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, participated in the African Union Summit, which took place in Addis Ababa under the main theme of "Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance".
The Summit provided a rare opportunity for a series of meetings with attending Heads of States and Ministers to discuss EU-Africa cooperation and major crises affecting the continent, from Mali and the Sahel, to Somalia, the Republic of Central Africa (RCA), Sudan or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This video shows extracts of declaration given by Andris Pieabalgs and bilateral meetings between the Member of the EC and Heads of African States.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, walking outside the African Union building
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): We have seen from Somali case where you don’t deal with terrorist matters, security threats. It’s costs by far more. Our operation around the north lost (…) by piracy. Definitely has cost the European tax payers by far more than our support for AMISON - the same with ourselves with Mali. If we make support for African peace keeping operation, we establish peace and security.
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): If there is insecurity in Africa it affects also European citizens. And if there is such unity behind the peace leading operation, we need to support it. I believe we have no other choice because it is also good for European citizens.
||Andris Piebalgs walking towards the meeting room
||Andris Piebalgs talking with people (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): I am more optimistic that most of the people that speak about Mali, that we could deal with the crisis in the shorter term rather than the longer term. Today security operation is for one year, I would say we could make quite a lot within this one year.
||Andris Piebalgs leaving room after meeting with Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone (2 shots)
||Handshake between Andris Piebalgs and Boni Yayi, President of Benin and Chairman of the African Union (2 shots)
||Round table with Andris Piebalgs and Boni Yayi (8 shots)
||Andris Piebalgs and Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania (2 shots)
||Group photo (from left to right): Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Andris Piebalgs and Boni Yayi