EU reaffirms commitment to support peace, security in Africa

16:17, December 01, 2010      

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The European Council President Herman Van Rompuy reaffirmed Tuesday in Libya the EU's support in strengthening peace and security in Africa.

EU and African leaders are gathering in Tripoli, Libya on the occasion of the third EU-Africa summit, to discuss the way to improve investment, economic growth and employment as well as global issues such as peace, security and climate change.

"Peace and security are key elements in EU-Africa cooperation," Van Rompuy said at a statement available at EU's website.

"I would like to reconfirm the EU's commitment and determination to support sustainable peace and security in Africa," he said.

The president confirmed that the financing of peace-keeping operations in Africa would remain one of the bloc's priorities.

He also underlined the importance of stabilizing countries such as Somalia and Sudan, and of tackling transnational threats such as terrorism and piracy, including in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.

Finally, Van Rompuy stressed the need to support vulnerable groups affected by arms conflicts, in particular women and children.

"I confirm the EU's support to women's participation in the efforts to establish sustainable peace and security," he concluded.

Source: Xinhua


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