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EUTM Mali: planning continues more than ever

(BRUSSELS2) Recent events in Mali are causing concern at the European level but do not change anything in the planning of the European mission (EUTM Mali). B2 received confirmation of this directly today from the spokesperson for Catherine Ashton – the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs. There " EUTM planning is continuing exactly as planned. These events only reinforce the relevance and urgency of action. »

Denunciation of the unilateral breach of the ceasefire

The High Representative of the EU deplores the unilateral breach of the ceasefire by Ansar-Dine and strongly condemns the recent offensives by armed Islamist groups in northern Mali he clarified. " Since the start of the crisis, the High Representative has continued to call for dialogue between parties to resolve the crisis in a peaceful and lasting manner. »  Faced with recent demonstrations in Bamako, the High Representative " calls for calm and restraint. It (also) recalls the possibility of adopting sanctions against all people who attempt to destabilize the transition. »

Support for the Prime Minister

More generally, Catherine Ashton insisted – on behalf of Europeans – on “ reiterates its support for the interim president of Mali and his government and the importance of respecting the primacy of civilian authorities over the army".

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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