||SOUNDBITE by Ally Coulibaly, Minister of Integration of Ivory Coast (In French) saying that: It has been a while that the president of CEDEAO asked for the transformation of the MISMA into a peacekeeping force. It is a perfectly normal evolution once we achieve our objectives in northern Mali, namely to complete the recovery of the section occupied by the jihadists, the stabilization, securization and the redeployment of the administration. We are of course in favor of such a development.
||Lirong Zhang, Chargé d'Affaires at the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the EU
||David Plunkett, Canadian Ambassador to the EU
||Arrival of Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, President of the ECOWAS Commission
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Kadre Desire Ouedraogo (NOT LIPSYNC): The respect for human rights is one of our main concerns and we are going to exchange views on this issue with our partners.
||Arrival of Tiéman Coulibaly, Malian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Tieman Coulibaly: We are at war, Mali was forced to enter into this war, we didn't look for this war it was imposed upon us. Collateral damage is part of this situation and we regret the effects the war will have on civilians, people who have to leave their residences because of the terrorists' invasion of our territory. The whole world should support us to allow us to chase away the terrorists from our territory. We regret the lose of lives but we need to free our territory.
||Arrival of Mona Omar, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs and African Union of Egypt
||Abdelkader Messahel, Deputy Foreign Minister of Algeria, in charge of Maghreb and African issues
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Gordon Bristol, Undersecretary African Affairs of Nigeria:
Algeria is a neighbouring country, it has always been supportive of the AU, ECOWAS and UN position on Mali, we do not expect anything less.
The EU is doing a lot, but we still need more help, more assistance and more understanding. The Malian problem is not over until it's over. Our hands have to be on that to resolve the situation in Mali because it is a situation that affects not only the Sahel region, but in fact the entire world.
||Arrival and SOUNDBITE (French) by Pascal Canfin, Deputy Minister for Development under the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France: It's one of the issues we will discuss today (the killing of Malian civilians). When President Holland was in Bamako on saturday this issue was raised and we remain very attentive to make sure human rights are fully respected, that there's no acts of revenge that could endanger political stability. We are extremely vigilant.
||Robert Masozera, Ambassador of Rwanda to Belgium
||Arrival of François Lecointre, EU Training Mission (EUTM) Mali Commander
||Arrival of Ramtane Lamamra, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security