EU hosts a ministerial meeting of the Support and Follow-Up Group on the situation in Mali
EU News 49/2013
5 February 2013
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, hosted today a ministerial meeting of the Support and Follow Up Group on the situation in Mali.
The meeting was co-chaired by the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations. The Malian Delegation led by Minister for Foreign Affairs Tieman Coulibaly included Ministers for Territorial Administration Sinko Coulibaly and for Humanitarian Action Mamadou Sidibe.
All members of the Group – including a significant number of Foreign Ministers – welcomed the advance of the Malian armed forces, supported by France and the region, against the terrorist groups in the north of Mali, and underlined the importance of the respect for international humanitarian law as well as the protection of civilian populations. They also commended the Malian transitional authorities on the adoption of the Road Map for the transition and they encouraged them to implement it faithfully and with resolve. A free and fair electoral process, the return to full constitutional order and a genuinely inclusive national dialogue are key to address the instability in Mali and restore security and development in the Sahel region across the board.
Ministerial Conference on Mali. r Mamadou SIDIBÉ, Minister for Humanitarian Action of Mali, Mr Tieman COULIBALY, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mali, Mr Moussa Sinko COULIBALY, Minister of Territorial Administration, of Decentralization and of Territorial Planning of Mali. Photo Credit: "The Council of the European Union", 2013. URL