Informal meeting of Minister for Defence, Dublin: extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Castle
End production: 13/02/2013 First transmission: 13/02/2013
On 13 Febrary, EU Ministers of Defense talked about the developing situation in Mali and the region, the deployment of EUTM Mali and the EU support to AFISMA.
Against the background of an evolving situation in Somalia and the wider region, Ministers were briefed by the Commanders of Operation Atlanta and EUTM Somalia, and have an exchange of views.
In the context of the wider EU-UN partnership, Ministers discussed how to improve and increase practical support for UN peacekeeping operations.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Alan Shatter: Minister of Defense of Ireland: We also had a report on operation Atlanta which is dealing with the difficulties of piracy in the Horn of Africa is being a very successful mission. The level of piracy has been much reduced; there has been disruption of those seeking to engage in piracy. We were informed that there have been 5 acts of piracy in 2012 compared to a substantially large number in previous years. There was a discussion as to how the mission is progressing and an initial look to the future is presently mandate to continue to the end of 2014 and is going to be need to address what happens post 2014.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Alan Shatter: How Europe in the context of European Union can be better engaged in UN missions in the contexts of personal European Union countries currently provide and UN missions were 5% of the personal while providing up to about 50% of the finances. And the need to provide for greater proportionality, some member States presently have troops in Afghanistan, and a lot of this troops will be out of Afghanistan by 2014 and there was a conversation about how they can be a greater EU engagement in EU peace keeping mission under the umbrella of the European Union.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service: On Mali, we are getting closer to the moment to deployment of the training mission, basic imminent we still need to complete the process of next generation but I think there was a lot of support and recognition for the French effort on the ground efforts really needed when we moved into Mali and started training of the Malian armed forces, including on issues concerning human rights and humanitarian issues. This is quite important and was underlined by many Member States. So we hope that the training will start as planned in early April.
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