Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The EU reaffirms its commitment of € 50 million to support peace operations led by Africa (MISMA) - Speech by Commissioner Piebalgs

Summary: 29 January 2013 Addis Ababa - Speech by Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, "The EU reaffirms its commitment of € 50 million to support peace operations led by Africa (MISMA)" has the Donors Conference MISMA

I have the honor to lead the Delegation of the European Union at this special conference. But it is primarily the message of solidarity than 500 million European citizens in favor of Mali, these citizens and more particularly the African force being deployed, I have issued today.

Given the urgency, the European Union has mobilized to respond to the call of President Traoré. Alongside the African Union and ECOWAS, our priority is the restoration of the country's security and territorial integrity in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations.

Today as yesterday, the European Union solidarity with the people of Mali. We hope that this great country, the history of several thousand years, back to what model of democracy and development that it has been until recently and remains a model of tolerance.

The rapid deterioration of the situation in recent weeks has been a threat to the very existence of Mali, the Sahel, and even beyond, including Europe. This is why, at the extraordinary Council of Foreign Ministers in Brussels on 17 January, we have unanimously supported the French intervention, and accelerated financial and logistical support to the MISMA. We must help the commitment in the field of African countries, as was decided in Abidjan during the ECOWAS Summit on 19 January, and here in Addis Ababa at the African Union summit yesterday.

To this end, I am pleased to announce that the European Union will allocate 50 million euros for the MISMA through the Peace Facility for Africa.

In terms of logistics, the military structures of the European Union have established a "Clearing House" designed to increase logistics capacity in place for these member states in favor of MISMA.

Finally, as direct support to the Malian army, we will deploy in February the European Commission "EU Training Mission" to strengthen its training, advice and restructure.

It is also a message of hope that I just deliver beyond support MISMA.

We are committed, and we discussed recently with duMali authorities to support their efforts to end the crisis and to restore democratic institutions. I welcome in this regard the recent adoption of the Roadmap by the Malian government.

The implementation of this Roadmap is the main objective of discussion during the meeting of the "Group Support and Monitoring" in Brussels on 5 February. This is why the European Union is preparing already resumed its development cooperation, amounting to EUR 250M, especially for the population to have access to new services basic health, education and water.

The efforts of the European Union on the humanitarian never stopped on the ground, as evidenced by the recent visit of my colleague Kristalina Georgieva in Bamako. We are more than ever attentive to the evolution of the situation.

Our commitment to Mali and the entire region is a long-term commitment.

On February 11, with the European Ministers of Development we will review the findings of the assessment mission needs in Bamako at the time I speak, to develop a coordinated program of support ambitious Mali, profit of its population and the political process.

Africans, Europeans, Malians, we all face the challenge of security, stability and development in Mali and the Sahel.

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