EU working with African states to tackle migration – EU Special Representative to the Sahel
The European Union is working with African countries in an effort to resolve the issue of illegal migration, Spanish Ambassador and EU Special Representative to the Sahel Region told
There was a civil war in Mali, and the situation there is not exactly calm. Given the security concerns in these countries, can the EU really hope to make a difference before such problems are sorted out?
I am a member of the mediation team handling the Malian peace process. Next week I will attend a monthly meeting of the Peace Agreement Monitoring Committee in Mali. I’m not saying that the problems are over, but there have been two major achievements. Firstly, nobody puts the territorial integrity of Mali into question. Three years ago, there was a separated area within Mali claiming independence, and now nobody is saying that the integrity of Mali is in jeopardy. In addition, all the different movements that were fighting each other are now under the same roof, talking around a table. The peace agreement did not go as fast as we had hoped, but neither did it go as slow as we had feared. Municipal elections have been held this week. It is true that one side did not want an election, but with the help of the UN and close EU cooperation, we managed to pursue this goal and are attempting to bring back the authority of the Malian state to all the territory.
The EU is actively participating in the peace process, and is a guarantor of the agreement. There are some problems which have arisen in the central part of the country, and we need to take these into consideration as well.