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EU calls Cameroon to act with restraint

Tensions in North-Western and South-Western Cameroon have risen over recent weeks, with a risk of further escalation.

“All the stakeholders need to act responsibly and with restraint, abiding by the rule of law, and to abstain from any acts of violence” –  says a statement of the spokesperson of the EU External Action Service on the situation in Western Cameroon.

The EU encourages the Cameroonian authorities to pursue their efforts to bring about sustainable solutions in response to the concerns of the Anglophone citizens.

Only an open and inclusive dialogue can lead to a solution which is in the interest of all Cameroonians while respecting the unity and integrity of the country.

 

MEPs to observe elections in Liberia

In response to an invitation by the Liberian authorities, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Liberia to observe the general elections scheduled for 10 October. This is the fourth time that the European Union is observing general elections in Liberia reflecting the EU’s long-term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has appointed Ms. Maria Arena (Belgian, Socialists and Democrats, pictured) Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observation mission.

“Liberia has succeeded in establishing a functioning democracy after two civil wars. These elections are key in the democratic history of the country” Mogherini said. ” The EU’s Electoral Observation Mission reflects our common resolve for credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country. I am confident the Electoral Observation Mission led by Chief Observer Ms. Arena will make an important contribution to the electoral process”.

“It is a great honour to have been appointed Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission in Liberia, a task that I accept with a great sense of responsibility. These elections are an important step in the consolidation of peace and the strengthening of the democratic institutions in the country. The EU EOM stands ready to accompany Liberia in this process,” – The Chief Observer, Ms. Arena, declared.

The EOM Core Team of 10 EU analysts arrived in Monrovia on 1st September. They will stay in the country until the completion of the elections and the finalisation of a comprehensive assessment of the electoral process, including recommendations for future elections. On 14 September 20 long-term observers were deployed to different regions of the country; they will be joined by an additional 34 short-term observers around election day.

A number of Liberia-based diplomats from EU Member States will reinforce the mission on Election Day. The EU EOM looks forward to cooperate with other international observation missions.

Gabon’ dangers of human rights abuses

“One year after the heavily contested presidential elections in Gabon, the situation has reached a stalemate, with no prospect of a political solution to the country’s divisions and to the crisis” – said the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini, addressing September plenary of the European Parliament.

“It is quite clear to us that the new restrictive and repressive measures imposed on the opposition escalate the political and social tensions. In a moment when tempers are running high, also because of the downward economic trend, this is a very dangerous path to follow” – Mogherini continued.

“We expect all parties to refrain from any statement or action that may fuel further tension. Gabonese law guarantees freedom of expression, assembly, movement and access to media for all the citizens of the country. This means that no one should be subject to arbitrary and legally unjustified arrests and restrictions.”

“…Truth must be established and those responsible for any violations must be brought to justice. The session of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances on Gabon was an opportunity for the government to take more seriously the numerous and well documented allegations of human rights abuses.”

 

L’UE à propos de la trêve au Mali

 

La signature hier d’un trêve, après deux mois de violents affrontements entre la Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA) et la Plateforme, constitue une avancée importante pour rétablir la confiance mutuelle entre les parties signataires de l’Accord pour la Paix et la Réconciliation au Mali.

Dans ce contexte, le retour hier du gouverneur de Kidal est un pas en avant vers le retour de l’Etat à Kidal. L’Union Européenne  salue le rôle joué par la MINUSMA,  l’Algérie et le gouvernement malien pour arriver à cet accord.

Les engagements pris par la CMA et la Plateforme doivent se traduire au plus vite dans une cessation définitive des hostilités permettant un accès humanitaire soutenu et la relance des services sociaux de base par le pouvoirs publics dans les régions du nord.

L’Union européenne réaffirme sa ferme volonté de soutenir le processus de paix afin que le Mali et l’ensemble de la sous-région puissent bénéficier d’une paix durable.  Le respect intégral des engagements pris dans le cadre de l’Accord d’Alger reste le seul moyen de garantir la paix, la réconciliation nationale et un développement durable et inclusif au Mali.

 

Boko Haram use of children as human bombs

There has been a significant increase in the number of children used as human bombs by Boko Haram militants in north-east Nigeria, the United Nations says.

Unicef reports there have been 83 cases so far this year – four times as many as in the whole of last year.

55 were girls under the age of 15 and in one case the bomb was strapped to a baby being carried by a young girl.

Unicef says this tactic is an atrocity causing fear and suspicion of children released by the militants.

Les attaques contre la MINUSMA au Mali

Les attaques survenues hier contre les camps de la MINUSMA à Douentza et Tombouctou représentent un nouvelle tentative pour empêcher la paix et le développement du pays. Les  responsables de ces actes doivent arrêtés et poursuivis en justice, selon la déclaration du porte-parole sur les attaques contre la MINUSMA au Mali.

L’Union européenne présente ses condoléances aux familles des victimes, aux Nations Unies ainsi qu’au gouvernement du Mali, et réitère son  plein soutien aux efforts de la MINUSMA pour le rétablissement de la paix dans le pays.

Alors que la menace terroriste  continue de frapper le Sahel, nous restons plus que jamais déterminés à travailler aux côtés des gouvernements du Mali et des pays de la région, y compris le G5 Sahel, afin de permettre à leurs populations de vivre en paix et en sécurité.

Burkina Faso: la cible d’attaques terroristes

Une fois de plus, le Burkina Faso et sa capitale ont été la cible d’attaques terroristes aveugles, causant la mort de nombreuses victimes.

L’Union européenne transmet ses sincères condoléances aux familles des victimes et au peuple Burkinabé. Elle témoigne également sa solidarité avec tous les pays qui comptent des ressortissants parmi les victimes.

L´Union Européenne est unie avec le Burkina Faso, ainsi que les autres pays du Sahel, notamment dans le cadre du G5 Sahel, dans la lutte contre le terrorisme et la défense des valeurs de paix, de liberté et de diversité.

Nous restons déterminés à lutter, ensemble, contre cette menace commune.

(Déclaration du Porte-Parole au sujet de l’attaque terroriste au Burkina Faso)

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