Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 October 2010

European Council Conclusions on the Sahel

 


 

 

 

European Council Conclusions on the Sahel

 

 

LUXEMBURG, Luxembourg, October 26, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 3041st FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Council meeting

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

“1. As the Council emphasised in its conclusions of 27 October 2009 and its declaration of

26 July 2010, the development of cross-border threats such as terrorism and organised crime,

coupled with extreme poverty, unresolved internal conflicts and the weakness and fragility of

the States concerned, constitutes a growing challenge for the stability of the region and for the

European Union. These threats directly affect the local populations and States of the region,

particularly Mauritania, Mali and Niger. They also have an impact on the security of

European nationals.

2. In close cooperation with the States of the region, the United Nations, the African Union and

other international partners, and in support of the efforts already undertaken by the Sahel

States, the European Union, following up the work being done by the Commission and the

Council Secretariat to formulate a holistic and integrated approach, intends to make use of

various instruments at its disposal in a coherent way to foster security, stability, development

and good governance in the Sahel-Saharan strip. The EU is also encouraging the

strengthening of dialogue and cooperation between the countries of the region.

3. To this end, the Council invites the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and

Security Policy, in association with the Commission, to draw up a strategy on the Sahel for

the beginning of next year.”

 

SOURCE 

European Council


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