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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

EU development cooperation: Mali will have to make progress

During the course of the last Council meeting on Foreign Affairs, ministers have recalled their conclusions of 22-23 March 2012 on Sahel firmly condemning the seizure of power by force in Mali. The EU development cooperation with the country, which is currently on hold, will be resumed “in line with progress towards the full restoration of constitutional order”. Ongoing direct support to the population will continue as well as humanitarian aid.
The Council has expressed concerns over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Sahel region due to serious food shortages, which have been “[e]xacerbated by insecurity and the lack of access for humanitarian aid […]”, and which  can lead to a major humanitarian disaster.
Among conclusions, the Council has adopted the following: “Recent developments in Mali and the broader security, development and humanitarian
challenges in the region confirm the importance of security sector reform and accelerated implementation of the EU Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel including the deployment of the proposed civilian CSDP mission to Niger by July 2012”.

Source: Council of the EU