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Wednesday, 06 February 2013

Restoring the situation in Mali

The EU thinks it can help quickly by releasing some of the €250 million of development aid it froze last year. It could also help to fund human rights monitors who would gather evidence of rights abuses committed by the rebels and act as a deterrent against any abuses by the re-occupying Malian troops. These announcements were made with the occasion of the Governments and international organisations meeting in Brussels on Tuesday 5 February on the situation in Mali.
The international support group for Mali - comprised of the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and West African states discussed the funding, equipping and training of an 8,000-strong African force, which is expected to eventually take over from the French. The group also discussed steps to restore government services and ensure security in areas newly back under government control.
"When a state falls apart, it takes a while to put it back together again ... Nevertheless, we need to try," said a senior European Union official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "In the medium term, we need to look at ensuring the north has adequate funds for development so the communities there can build real livelihoods," the EU official said.
International donors pledged of total $455 million (€337.2 million) for the Mali crisis in January. No further pledge was made on the meeting on Tuesday.


Source: Euractiv

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