Exchange of views with French Foreign Minister Laurent FABIUS: - extract of the debate on the situation in the Sahel and in Syria Committee on Foreign Affairs

Type: News   Reference: 93340   Duration: 00:06:24  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 18/04/2013   First transmission: 18/04/2013
French Foreign Minister Laurent FABIUS visited today the European Parliament in Strasbourg to talk about the situation in the Sahel and in Syria. As for Mali, French Foreign Minister announced the reduction of the French forces deployed from the actual 4000 combatants to 1000. As for Syria, which is living an open civil war, Minister FABIUS examined how to handle the imminent end of embargo on arms. Laurent Fabius also recalled that if money is not enough to truly commit oneself on a war ground, defense operation still have a huge cost especially in crisis context.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Exchange of views with French Foreign Minister Laurent FABIUS: - extract of the debate on the situation in the Sahel and in Syria - Committee on Foreign Affairs 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament 00:00:05
00:00:10 LARGE SHOT : panoramic view on AFET Committee and Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister before the exchange of views. 00:00:05
00:00:15 French Foreign Minister Laurent FABIUS talking with AFET Chair, MEP Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) : 2 SHOTS 00:00:13
00:00:28 SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister : English translation : "Let me start with Mali. " 00:00:01
00:00:29 SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister : English translation : "On security, as I speak, the situation is a great deal better. The whole of the country is now under control although, we must be careful about this, there maybe skirmishes here and there, maybe small groups that will carry suicide attacks for example." 00:00:29
00:00:58 SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister : English translation : "Now, what will happen now when it comes to security ? As I'm sure you know, at present time debates are going ahead in New-York and going wall on a resolution to transform the situation in Mali to turn the whole thing into a peace-keeping operation. That resolution should be passed during the 3rd week of April, that's what I've been told anyway." 00:00:29
00:01:27 SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister : English translation : "Now, what will happen with the peace-keeping operation ? It will decide on the form of stabilization of the whole operation, Misma, the African Force, will hand over to Minusma, we will have to learn a new acronym now, Minusma will be made off just over 10 000 combatants, with essentially African but there will be others contingents as well, and they will try to stabilize the situation in its entirety. At the same time, and this is very important, the French will go down in number and that's only natural, we're not suppose to be a permanent force over there, the French which are 4000 at the moment soon will be 2000 then will be downed to 1000 and that will be our cruising speed. And they will be a back-up force who will be able if necessary to help and support the stabilization operation essentially by anti-terrorist actions. " 00:01:20
00:02:47 SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister : English translation : "Now, a few words about Syria.This is an area where, sadly, I dare say just as probably all of you that it's very difficult not to be pessimistic." 00:00:14
00:03:01 SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister : English translation : "If you have two columns intellectually, why should we have an arm embargo or why should we lift the embargo, there are arguments on both sides." 00:00:11
00:03:12 SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister : English translation : "Well, there are strong arguments in favour, and when you have people who are being massacred by a dictator and who are trying to defend themselves, then it's very difficult to do nothing when you have the possibility of acting." 00:00:25
00:03:37 SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister : English translation : "And there is an argument, which is more political in nnature, where by Mister Assad is convinced that at the end of the day is going to win out. And if we want him and his regime to actually come the negotiating table then we'll need o change the balance of forces in situ. And for that to happen we need to provide the Resistance forces with defensive arms so that Mister Assad will understand that he can't win. So there's a whole series of arguments that can be put forward, but then again the same goes again for the other sides, the arguments that some of you have put forward : let's agree that we will provide arms, how will we grantee that they are not going to the wrong people rather than the people we intended them for ? That they end up in the hands of the enemies of the people who we are intending them for or our enemies ? And it's on very specific work on such issues that, I think, is going to on depend the solution that we decide on during the month of May; 00:01:08
00:04:45 SOUNDBITE (French) Ana GOMES (S&D, PT), MEP English translation : "In this crisis context, wouldn't it be the right time for EU Foreign and Defence Ministry to put on the table the question on the financing of the defence missions so that the countries who don't want to participate in such missions as the one in Mali could contribute on a financial basis, while other countries, which do have capable defence forces, would join the ground. I think this a priority question. " 00:00:35
00:05:20 SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent FABIUS, French Foreign Minister : English translation : "You can't run a defence policy just with banknotes. You will soon or later have people ready to commit themselves on the ground. And as such you have to take financing into account, but at the same time if you think that you can free yourself from your responsibilities just with paying, that doesn't work ... Well all of these are very complicated issues. But I would more or less call for look at such issues because when you do the sums, and France has to do that obviously and has entered into it and take its responsibilities, well that does have a cost and it is expensive and that's money that won't be available for other things." 00:00:39
00:05:59 CUTAWAYS, 4 SHOTS : - large shot on MEP's listening (Jean-Luc MéLENCHON (GUE/NGL, FR), Marietje SCHAAKE (ALDE, NL) ; - medium shot on Minister FABIUS listening at the tribune - close shot on MEP Veronique DE KEYSER (S&D, BE) listening - close shot on MEP Marielle DE SARNEZ (ALDE, FR) listening - large shot of Minister FABIUS talking, with Committee foreground - large shot on the AFET committee 00:00:25
00:06:24 END 00:00:00
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