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Mali/Sahel food crisis

Published on February 13, 2012
Visit to Niger – Press briefing given by Henri de Raincourt, Minister responsible for Cooperation, following his meeting with Brigi Rafini, Prime Minister of Niger (excerpts)

Niamey, February 10, 2012

MALI/SAHEL FOOD CRISIS

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We believe that Mali’s unity and territorial integrity must be preserved, that the electoral process under way must continue in order for Mali’s institutions to be consolidated, that a ceasefire must be reached as quickly as possible and that this will be the precondition for what must be a far-reaching, trustful and committed dialogue to look at all the issues and see to what extent these can be appropriately addressed.

The Prime Minister and I also talked about the humanitarian situation in the Sahel, particularly the food and nutrition crisis which is threatening potentially 7 to 10 million people. This, moreover, is complicated by the security situation. I reminded him of France’s all-out efforts – French food aid to the area totals €17 million, and we’re endeavouring to mobilize our international partners as well.

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