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EU supports Somalia Transition Plan

The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini met with Somalia‘s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in Brussels.

The diplomats discussed the situation in Somalia, and the current political, economic and security reforms undertaken by the Government. They stressed the European Union‘s critical role as the main partner in support of the country’s transition. They noted that, while high challenges remained, some encouraging progress had been made and should be maintained.

Mogherini highlighted the link between the implementation of Somalia‘s transition plan for security, the implementation of economic reforms and the political roadmap towards elections in 2020. She welcomed the commitment of the government of Somalia to progressively assume the lead role in providing security for its people and to implement reforms in line with the National Security Architecture agreed in April 2017. In this context Mogherini expressed the EU’s full support and commitment to the Transition Plan as the central piece of security reform in Somalia.

The EU diplomat confirmed the readiness to continue supporting the country, through an integrated approach using all available policies and instruments, including Common Security and Defence Policy missions and development cooperation funds.  She also looked forward to the upcoming Somalia partnership platform.

This meeting came ahead of the Somalia Security High Level Meeting which takes place this morning and gathers ministers and senior officials from Federal Government of Somalia, Federal Member States of Somalia, the EU, United Nations, the African Union, AMISOM and its Troop Contributing Countries as well as other international partners, in support of the Somali Transition Plan.

 

EU expects to continue cooperation on reforms in Ethiopia

“The swearing in of Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali as new Prime Minister of Ethiopia concludes an orderly and peaceful transition. Dr Abiy Ahmed pledged in his inauguration speech to work towards democracy, rule of law and respect for civil liberties as well as to reach out to Eritrea” – says the European External Action Service (EEAS) statement.

“The EU is looking forward to working closely with him on continued political and economic reforms, as it did with his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn.”

“An inclusive dialogue with all Ethiopian stakeholders in the spirit of the Prime Minister’s remarks as well as an early lifting of the State of Emergency, will further this process.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mali: EU condolences to MINUSMA

Yesterday, the MINUSMA peacekeepers in Mali were again under attack, causing casualties and injuries. The day before, the Malian armed forces also lost men in the center of the country.

These attacks against the peacekeeping forces and the protection of the citizens of Mali against terrorism are aimed at preventing peace in Mali.

The EU extends its condolences to the families of the victims, the Government of Mali and the United Nation, and wishes a speedy recovery of the injured.

The European Union also remains firmly committed, together with the international community, to supporting the efforts of the Sahel G5 countries in the fight against terrorism and for peace, security and development in the region, as reaffirmed on 23 February by representatives of more than 60 countries and international organizations during the International High Level Conference on the Sahel in Brussels.

French soldiers killed in Mali

“This morning two French soldiers lost their lives, and a third was wounded in Mali. The European Union extends its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to France. We reiterate our support for the French forces of Operation Barkhane for their efforts in favor of the security of Mali and the Sahel region”

“The European Union will continue to work alongside the Sahel countries and the international community to support the peace, stability and development of Mali and the entire Sahel region, particularly in the framework of the G5 Sahel initiative” – says the statement of the European External Action Service.

ORIGINAL: Ce matin deux soldats français ont perdu la vie, et un troisiÚme a été blessé au Mali.

L’Union EuropĂ©enne prĂ©sente ses sincĂšres condolĂ©ances aux familles des victimes et Ă  la France. Nous rĂ©itĂ©rons notre soutien aux forces françaises de l’OpĂ©ration Barkhane pour leurs efforts en faveur de la sĂ©curitĂ© du Mali et de la rĂ©gion du Sahel. L’Union EuropĂ©enne continuera Ă  travailler aux cĂŽtĂ©s des pays du Sahel et de la communautĂ© internationale pour soutenir la paix, la stabilitĂ© et le dĂ©veloppement du Mali et de toute la rĂ©gion du Sahel, notamment dans le cadre de l’initiative G5 Sahel.

EU calls Chad for respect of fundamental rights

The Chadian authorities have temporarily suspended the activities of the 10 opposition parties. This decision intervened against the backdrop of a ban on demonstrations and socio-political tensions.

“The European Union has significantly strengthened its partnership with Chad to support the country in its response to economic and security challenges. It remains with the authorities and the people of Chad to overcome this crisis and support the necessary reforms. In this respect, respect for fundamental freedoms and an open and sustained dialogue between all actors are the best guarantees for establishing the necessary consensus for durable solutions” – said the statement of the European External Actions Service spokesperson.

 

 

EU appoints observation mission to Sierra Leone

In response to an invitation by the Sierra Leonean authorities, the European Union has decided to deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Sierra Leone to observe the general elections scheduled for 7 March. This is the fourth time that the European Union is observing general elections in Sierra Leone, which reflects the EU’s long-term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country.

Federica Mogherini, the EU top diplomat, has appointed Ms. Jean Lambert, Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer:

“The elections of 7 March 2008 are a milestone for the democratic process of Sierra Leone. It’s a great opportunity for the government, the National Election Commission and political parties to foster transparent, credible and peaceful elections” , Mogherini said. “This year’s general elections are very competitive and the rule of law should prevail. Under the leadership of Chief Observer Lambert the EU EOM will make an important contribution to this electoral process”.

“I am honoured to lead the EU EOM to Sierra Leone. The forthcoming general elections will be another defining moment in the country’s democratic process as a peaceful transition of power will take place for the second time after the end of the civil war” – the Chief Observer, Ms. Lambert, said ahead of his mission.  “Sierra Leone has achieved progress in terms of democratisation and governance since the end of the civil war, and this election should further consolidate stable democratic institutions. I trust that all institutions and political parties will work together to ensure that voters will be able to express their choice in a free, peaceful and calm environment, with all sides refraining from any actions or statements that may incite violence.”

The EOM Core Team of nine EU election analysts arrived in Freetown on 25 January, and will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process to prepare a comprehensive assessment.

On 7 February, an additional group of 28 long-term observers will be deployed to Sierra Leone’s counties, ‘In this respect, the work of our long-term observers will be essential for our assessment. They all have substantial experience in observing elections around the world’ – declared Ms. Lambert.

In early March additional 40 short-term observers will be deployed across the country. A delegation of the European Parliament and diplomats from EU Member States will also reinforce the mission on election day. The EU EOM looks forward to cooperate with other international elections observation missions that have endorsed the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.

The deployment of an EU EOM aims to contribute to enhancing the transparency of the process, the respect for fundamental freedoms and will submit to the consideration of the authorities a set of recommendations to further improve the election framework for future elections.

EU calls Cameroon for “sincere” dialogue

“Further violence in the northwestern and southwestern regions of Cameroon has killed at least three members of the security forces and several civilians. Such acts can not be accepted and can not go unpunished, as well as any excess of violence against civilians. The perpetrators must sue in court, in accordance with the law” – says the statement of the European Actions Service:

 

“The use of violence can not achieve political goals. It remains essential for the security forces to make a proportionate use of force in the exercise of their functions.The European Union calls for avoiding any act that can stir up tensions or incite violence between Cameroonians. It remains convinced that only a sincere and constructive dialogue, following democratic and constitutional means, can lead to a lasting exit from the crisis while preserving unity and peace for all Cameroonians.”

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