Ministerial Conference on Mali: extracts from the press conference by the by the 4 co-Chairs (Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, African Union, ECOWAS and UN)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 05/02/2013 First transmission: 05/02/2013
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and
Vice President of the Commission, hosted today a ministerial meeting of the Support and Follow
Up Group on the situation in Mali.
The meeting was co-chaired by the African Union, the Economic Community of West African
States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations. The Malian Delegation led by Minister for Foreign
Affairs Tieman Coulibaly included Ministers for Territorial Administration Sinko Coulibaly and for
Humanitarian Action Mamadou Sidibe.
All members of the Group – including a significant number of Foreign Ministers – welcomed the
advance of the Malian armed forces, supported by France and the region, against the terrorist
groups in the north of Mali, and underlined the importance of the respect for international
humanitarian law as well as the protection of civilian populations. They also commended the
Malian transitional authorities on the adoption of the Road Map for the transition and they
encouraged them to implement it faithfully and with resolve. A free and fair electoral process, the
return to full constitutional order and a genuinely inclusive national dialogue are key to address the
instability in Mali and restore security and development in the Sahel region across the board.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative and EC Vice President: The international community needs to recognise its responsibilities and reacts quickly to protect people of Mali. France has been the front line the European Union and its member states, along with ECOWAS, the African Union and their members, are working together to provide support across the board. From the EU we are already delivering on the pledges we made on the ministerial meeting of January. To train the Malian army to help found Afisma and resume development to support, a total pledge of support is more than 300 millions Euros on the year ahead.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Tiéman Coulibaly, Malian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: The support and monitoring group has appreciated the roadmap that the government of Mali has presented. The two main points are the organization of elections and the release of the North. The support group has expressed their trust on this roadmap and we will try to respect it in terms of deadlines. This is very important because this roadmap is the greatest achievement of this transitional government. This will allow us to advance in areas such us public development aid, budget support and we could mobilize more resources for the MISMA.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, President of the ECOWAS Commission: There is no development without security and no lasting peace without development. We are pleased to confirm the agreement of the participants on this question. We have taken important decisions to assist the deployment of la MISMA on the ground, the situation is now stable thanks to the intervention of France and all the countries that have contributed with their troops. We are at a point where we can say that the release phase of the territory is ending. Now we have to foresee in a sober way an exit from the crisis.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Jeffrey D. Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs: Let me underscore enclosing the United Nations remains committed to work with our partners here in this table, to working with the people in government of Mali in addressing all the various elements, political, military, humanitarian, human rights concerns that we discussed today.
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Ramtane Lamamra, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security: Today is a great day for Mali, today is a great day for the strategic partnership between the European Union and the African Union. And today is also a great day for peace and international security.
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