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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 troisième a été blessé au Mali.

L’Union Europ√©enne pr√©sente ses sinc√®res condol√©ances aux familles des victimes et √† la France. Nous r√©it√©rons notre soutien aux forces fran√ßaises de l’Op√©ration Barkhane pour leurs efforts en faveur de la s√©curit√© du Mali et de la r√©gion du Sahel. L’Union Europ√©enne continuera √† travailler aux c√īt√©s des pays du Sahel et de la communaut√© internationale pour soutenir la paix, la stabilit√© et le d√©veloppement du Mali et de toute la r√©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:

‚ÄúThe 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.”

EU supports counter-terrorism in Mali

Mali was once again the target of terrorist violence. Nearly 30 Malian and Burkinabe citizens, including several women and children, were killed on their way to Boni fair in the center of the country. On the same day, several attacks against the Malian security forces cost the lives of several people.

“The European Union expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and reiterates its solidarity with the peoples of Mali and Burkina Faso. We remain firmly committed to supporting the efforts of Mali and G5 Sahel in the fight against the terrorist threat and in the stabilization of the Sahel”- says the text of the statement of the European External Action Service, commenting on the terrorist act in Mali.

Image:  illustration РMali women

Kenyan elections: from hopes to confrontations

European Union observers of Kenya’s 2017 presidential and parliamentary elections said on that a lack of government cooperation meant they were unable to travel to the East African nation to present their final report on the vote.

‚ÄúKenyans went from high hopes for these elections to many disappointments and confrontations. Kenya remains deeply divided. Our final report and recommendations are intended to contribute to a better democratic process and a restoration of trust. But with every recommendation, leadership from those in power, support from the population, and cooperation between different fractions are needed in order to initiate reforms‚ÄĚ –¬†Chief Observer, Marietje Schaake (pictured) Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from the Netherlands explained.

Chief observer said the EU mission was scheduled to present its final report to the government and other groups in Kenya this week. The report to be published imperatively within three months of the vote, per the mission’s agreement with the government.

“We hope the recommendations in our final report will contribute to more resilient
democracy from which all Kenyans benefit”, – MEP¬†Schaake concluded.

“This takes time to build up, which is why it is important that steps
are taken promptly to improve the legal framework, institutions and practices.‚ÄĚ

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