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Monday, 26 March 2012

EU freezes development operations in Mali

Following the coup d'etat in Mali, Andris Piebalgs, EU Development Commissioner, announces that EC development operations will be suspended until “the situation clarifies”. Mr Piebalgs also says this decision won’t affect Humanitarian aid and recalls , as EU High Representative Catherine Asthon, for a “speedy resolution of the crisis, restoration of constitutional order and the holding of democratic elections as soon as possible”.
Recognising the country's positive achievements in terms of development, the EU Commissioner says that this progress “can only be preserved in a stable and democratic environment”. Given the the looming food crisis in the region, he urges  “all the parties to ensure protection of civilians and respect for human life”.
For the 2008-2013, the European Commission  planned to allocate €583 million of development aid to Mali.

Source: European Commission