Posted by: APO | 9 October 2007

European Union on the situation in northern Niger and northern Mali

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the situation in northern Niger and northern Mali

 

The European Union is concerned at the deterioration in the security situation in the regions of northern Mali and northern Niger. It condemns the abductions and the use, in violation of international conventions, in particular the Ottawa Convention, of landmines, which constitute a great danger for the civilian population and are obstacles to the development of those regions.

The EU confirms its support for the governments of Mali and Niger in their actions to preserve the peace and territorial integrity of their respective countries. It offers its support for initiatives intended to strengthen national and regional cooperation to ensure security, peace and development in the Sahel Saharan region. It encourages both countries to seek joint, shared solutions to issues that transcend national borders.


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