ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly:
- extracts from the debate with Tiéman Hubert COULIBALY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali.
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 18/06/2013 First transmission: 18/06/2013
The 25th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly continued today in Brussels. The joint assembly is bringing together Members of the European Parliament and the elected representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States that have signed the Cotonou Agreement. The main issues on today's agenda were the situation in Central African Republic, the threats posed by military coups on democracy, violence against women and other vulnerable groups. In the morning, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali, Tiéman Hubert COULIBALY, was invited to speak on the key debate about the situation in Mali. Parliamentary representatives of the 78 ACP countries and 78 MEPs meet twice a year in Joint Parliamentary Assembly, once in the EU country holding the EU Council presidency and once in a country determined by the ACP.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels.
||Arrival of Louis MICHEL, Co-President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, to the morning session.
||SOUNDBITE (French) Tiéman Hubert COULIBALY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali: "Our goal at the moment is a sincere cease-fire and an agreement that means that the Mali government administration can return to all of the regions of Mali, including the North, so Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal, including of course, government armed forces. If the election is to be safe then the police and the army have to be able to return to all parts of the country. We have a governor who has been appointed in Kidal, but we have to be able to guarantee his security."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Tiéman Hubert COULIBALY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali: "Any organisation that wants to send observers aimed at helping us hold satisfactory elections will be very welcome. That would make the process credible and from there we can start to look at the development missions that will insure that what has happened in Mali will never happen again."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Michèle STRIFFLER (EPP, FR): "A proper election process is at the highest importance for its credibility, but I fear that the observers and experts from the EU will not be able to go to the three Northern regions. On the other hand, I have been on the spot and I have seen a real will from the authorities to organise credible and transparent elections. It's possible, but the challenges are huge".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Laurent NGON BABA, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Central African Republic: "We must mobilize, as well as the international community, as soon as an emergency situation has been reported. Preventive action is necessary in order to avoid a situation as the one we have seen in Mali".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Tiéman Hubert COULIBALY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali: "Let's go beyond the idea of what's just defence and security. Let's look at how we can establish economies in these areas of the Sahel that will overrun the economies of these criminal organisations. So we can block the way of those movements that poverty and ignorance might allow flourishing in societies like those we find in the Sahel."
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