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Maritime security in Togo: possible EU support

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Maritime security in Togo: possible EU support

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey, held a meeting on Tuesday afternoon in Brussels with the new European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica (Croatia). Their discussions focused mainly on the issue of maritime security. Togo will organise in October 2015, under the aegis of the African Union, an international summit on this theme. The countries of the Gulf of Guinea are regularly subject to pirate attacks. But the threat of the various forms of trafficking in drugs and arms also needs to be taken into consideration, since such trafficking funds the activities of terrorists and organised criminal groups.

Mr Dussey stressed to the European Commissioner that: “Togo is an active and responsible member of the international community, and is determined to work closely with other nations to ensure that sources of tensions are systematically curbed, to break the cycle of violence, wherever and whenever necessary, and to prevent crime taking root. These are pre-requisites not only for social peace, but also for economic development.”The European Union can naturally provide assistance, not only by supporting the organisation of the summit, but also by providing logistical and/or financial support to the countries exposed to this threat. Neven Mimica has expressed his interest in these issues because international security is at stake. Mr. Mimica then raised the question of cooperation programmes with Togo, under the 11th EDF (EUR 216 million). This support will help to strengthen in particular priority sectors such as sanitation and energy.