EU diplomacy looking forward towards elections in Kenya

20.06.2017. Brussels. Today the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini met with Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya.

The forthcoming general elections in Kenya on 8 August 2017 were discussed. Amina Mohamed welcomed the deployment of the EU Election Observation Mission to contribute to transparent, credible and peaceful elections, while the EU diplomat confirmed the bloc’s commitment to be a key partner of Kenya.

The EU diplomat recognised Kenya’s significant role in hosting refugees from Somalia and South Sudan and ensured that the EU will continue to support Kenya in this respect.

Mogherini underlined that Kenya is also playing a crucial role in the region in terms of peace and security. The EU will remain a staunch supporter of this work  including AMISOM, the African Union peace keeping force in Somalia, in full recognition that a stable and peaceful Somalia is crucial for the security of the region and in view of a sustainable solution to the refugee situation.

As regards economic integration within East Africa and trade cooperation with the EU, they touched upon the state of play of EU-East African Community Economic Partnership Agreement.

The EU looks forward to a reinforced partnership with Kenya after the conduct of the upcoming elections in August.

Forward towards Sahel G5 joint force!

Luxembourg, 19.06.2017. Today, the Council adopted conclusions on Mali and the Sahel recalling its strong integrated approach towards achieving stabilisation of the region. This approach includes full range of relevant instruments in the field of diplomacy, long-term development cooperation, support to human rights, stabilisation efforts, resilience building, humanitarian assistance, migration management and security, including CSDP missions.

The Council strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Bamako.

The Council reiterates its full support to the implementation of the Malian Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, with full involvement of civil society, women and youth, as the only way to restore peace and security in the country. The High Representative’s participation on 5 June 2017 to the Comité de suivi de l’accord de paix (CSA) in Bamako confirms the strong commitment of the EU to the agreement. The EU also encourages an enhanced engagement of the G5 Sahel countries in the Malian peace process.

The EU commends the political leadership of the G5 Sahel countries, ECOWAS and the African Union in their efforts to support regional security, development and reconciliation. The EU welcomes the initiative of the Heads of State of the G5 Sahel on the establishment of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The EU has been the first to announce a financial contribution, with EUR 50 million as planned support to this initiative.

EU observation mission to Kenya

In response to an invitation by the Kenyan authorities, the European Union has decided to deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Kenya to observe the general elections scheduled for 8 August. Former EU EOM recommendations have played a role in promoting political dialogue and the consolidation of democracy in Kenya.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has appointed Ms. Marietje Schaake Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer.

The EU and Kenya are log standing partners, with 2017 marking 40 years of our cooperation. This is the fourth time that the European Union observes general elections in Kenya, reflecting our common work to credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country, since our political dialogue and cooperation strategy focusses on supporting good governance. This year’s general elections are foreseen to be very competitive and we are committed to give an important contribution to the electoral process through the Electoral Observation Mission led by Chief Observer Schaake (pictured). We expect the rule of law will prevail with all parties resolving any possible election disputes through dialogue and available legal remedies” – Federica Mogherini said.

 

I am honoured to lead the EU EOM to Kenya. The forthcoming general elections will be another defining moment in Kenya’s democratic development. Kenya has already achieved impressive progress in terms of democratisation and good governance. I trust the Kenyan people will express their political choices in a peaceful and calm environment, thus confirming the significance of democratic institutions. The August polls can further consolidate the democratic record through well-run, transparent, inclusive and peaceful elections, with all sides refraining from any actions or statements that may incite violence”- the Chief Observer, Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Schaake (ALDE, NL), declared.

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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.

 

Faki Mahamat au Parlement européen

La migration, le développement durable, la diplomatie économique ainsi que la jeunesse et les questions de coopération en matière de paix et de sécurité sur le continent devraient être parmi les points soulevés par l’ancien ministre des Affaires étrangères du Tchad, M. Faki Mahamat (illustration).

Plus tôt ce mois-ci, l’UE a proposé un partenariat renforcé avec l’Afrique en matière de paix et de sécurité ainsi que de création d’emplois pour les jeunes sur les deux continents. Le cinquième sommet UE-Afrique aura lieu à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire, en novembre 2017, avec la jeunesse pour thème clé. Le sommet sera une opportunité unique pour les dirigeants africains et européens de remodeler et d’approfondir leurs relations.

Félicitations au Maroc

Maroc

“Nous tenons à féliciter chaleureusement le Chef du gouvernement du Royaume du Maroc M. Saad Eddine El Othmani suite à la formation du nouveau gouvernement qui a obtenu la confiance de la Chambre des Représentants en faveur de son programme.”

“Le Maroc constitue depuis longtemps un partenaire stratégique dans notre voisinage, avec lequel nous avons développé une relation de confiance de longue date.”

“La coopération entre le Maroc et l’UE est solide et touche de nombreux domaines stratégiques, ce qui rend notre relation mutuellement bénéfique.”

“L’Union européenne réitère son soutien pour la poursuite et l’approfondissement du mouvement de réformes dans lequel le Maroc s’est engagé, dans le sillage des réformes constitutionnelles de 2011 entreprises sous l’autorité du Roi Mohammed VI.”

“La formation du gouvernement a lieu à un moment clé de notre relation, et nous saisissons cette occasion pour confirmer la détermination de l’Union européenne à travailler de concert avec le nouveau gouvernement marocain pour le renforcement de l’excellent partenariat entre l’Union européenne et le Maroc afin de faire face aux défis communs.”

Déclaration conjointe de la Haute-Représentante/Vice-Présidente Federica Mogherini et du Commissaire pour la Politique européenne de voisinage et des Négociations d’élargissement, Johannes Hahn sur le nouveau gouvernement au Maroc.