L’UE: 50 millions pour Sahel

BAMBKO. 50 millions d’euros seront débloqués pour soutenir l’action des pays du G5 Sahel pour améliorer les conditions de sécurité et la coopération transfrontalière, a annoncé l’UE aujourd’hui.


Ce soutien contribuera à la mise en place effective de la Force conjointe du G5 Sahel qui incluera des forces du Mali, de la Mauritanie, du Niger, du Burkina Faso et du Tchad et sera opérationnelle dans les cinq pays. Cette initiative vise à renforcer les actions en matière de sécurité, notamment des zones frontalières.

Cette annonce a été faite par la Haute Représentante Federica Mogherini qui participe à la troisième rencontre ministérielle l’UE-G5 Sahel dans le cadre de sa première visite officielle au Mali.

“La stabilité et le développement de la région du Sahel sont cruciaux non seulement pour l’Afrique mais aussi pour l’Europe. Nous sommes voisins et tout ce qui se passe sur l’un de nos continents a un impact sur l’autre. Nous devons unir nos forces pour lutter contre le terrorisme, les trafics de toutes sortes, y compris d’êtres humains, et une meilleure gestion des frontières. La coopération entre les pays du G5 Sahel est la clé du succès pour sécuriser le territoire du Sahel. Notre soutien à la force conjointe annoncé aujourd’hui montre qu’ils peuvent compter sur nous” à déclaré la HR/VP Mogherini. “Garantir la sécurité de la région est aussi une condition indispensable pour le développement de la région. Nous menons en parallèle des actions complémentaires d’aide à la création d’emplois, à la formation ou la santé des populations. Nous allons continuer d’investir dans le développement de l’Afrique, car c’est un investissement sur notre avenir commun.”

Mme Mogherini a ensuite participé à une rencontre avec environ 100 jeunes issus de la région du Sahel, du Maghreb, des groupes de la diaspora en Europe et de jeunes Européens. La discussion a porté sur les opportunités que l’UE et l’Afrique peuvent apporter à la jeunesse et sur la façon de faire de la jeunesse la force motrice du développement du continent.

Cette rencontre s’inscrit également dans le cadre du prochain Sommet Afrique-UE qui se tiendra en Côte d’Ivoire les 29 et 30 novembre prochains, et dont le thème principal sera la jeunesse. (PHOTO:  Abderrahmane SYLLA et Federcia Mogherini, Bruxelles, 19.05.2017)

ECOWAS in controversy

The 51st ordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Saturday, 3 of June.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to address the ECOWAS meeting, the first time a non-African leader has been asked to speak to the event.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI canceled his participation at the summit in protest at Netanyahu’s presence.

Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the monarch “wants his first presence at an ECOWAS summit not to take place in a context of tension and controversy, and wants to avoid any confusion.”

“Over the last few days, key ECOWAS member states have decided to reduce their level of representation at the summit due to their disagreement with the invitation handed to the Israeli prime minister. Other member states also expressed their astonishment at this invitation,” it added.

The EU was presented by its top diplomat Federica Mogherini:

Kenya opens Mombasa-Nairobi railway

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has inaugurated a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the launch that the $3.2bn (£2.5bn) Chinese-funded line signalled a new chapter in the country.

He warned that he would authorise the execution of vandals after four people were arrested damaging sections of a guardrail.

It is Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project since independence.

Taormina G7 reflects upon Africa

On the second day of the G7 Summit the leaders of powerful world economies met African heads of state in a debate devoted to problems of the continent, however the Italian presidency did not succeed in fixing the focus of Africa, while the Summit has been  overshadowed by counter terrorism and radicalization in wake of the Manchester attack, performed by a UK citizen from Libyan descent.

Italian presidency asked the leaders of Tunisia, Nigeria, Niger, Ethiopia and Kenya to take part in the in-depth debate on Africa in the morning session. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May did not attend the forum, leaving on Friday evening, 26.05.2017, to continue with activities in the aftermath of the Manchester attack.

Italy had insisted on Africa as the major focus of the annual G7 meeting, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years crossing the Mediterranean pursuing their ‘European dream’.

The EU relocation scheme failed as the member-states are openly, like Hungary’s Prime minister Victor Orban,  or discreetly as the V4 group countries, resisting the idea of settling strangers from conflict zones, fearing criminality and jihadi infiltration.

After the assassination of the Colonel Gaddafi Lybia became noman’s land, dominated by multiple terroristic groups from Africa and Middle East. From Al Qaeda and Islamic State to Boko Haram and Al Shabaab, there is hardly any assembly of religious fanatics which is not represented on wast territories, disputed by local chiefs of 250 tribes. So far the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has not been able to ensure security for the diplomats, operating from near-by countries, except for Italian Embassy, bombed in January this year (21.01.2017). As a failed state Libya functions as a broad open gate for the flows of migrants, eager to leave Africa for new life in Europe.

At the moment, according to the reported, leaked German newspaper Bilt , there are around seven million African migrants, aiming to cross Mediterranean for Italian shores.


Nigeria’s ‘Chibok girls’ freed from Boko Haram

Chibok girls

A group of the “Chibok girls” freed from Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants have been reunited with their families.

The 82 girls, who were part of a huge group kidnapped from their school in 2014, are in the care of security services in the capital, Abuja.

Their parents travelled by bus through the night to meet their daughters.

More than 100 of the 276 girls, taken from the town of Chibok, are still being held by the militant group. Their whereabouts are unknown.