Mali: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia voice terrorism concerns

In European Parliament with Prodi

08 April, 19:52

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, APRIL 8 - Terrorism in Mali and the Sahel region cannot be halted by a single country, the European parliament was told on Monday. Joint efforts are instead required from countries in the region and ''EU nations, whose citizens are the main target of the terrorists'', noted the Moroccan parliament's foreign relations committee spokesman, Ali Kebiri, and UN Special Envoy for the Sahel Romani Prodi. Similar views were espoused by their counterparts from Algeria and Tunisia, who highlighted the generalized deterioration of security, in part due to drugs, weapons and human trafficking.

    ''Joint efforts are important and we are prepared to reactivate the partnership for development in the region,'' added the spokesman of the Algerian parliament's foreign committee, Belabbas Belkacem. ''And we must intervene to reduce the funding of terrorism through drug trafficking.'' ''In the Donors Conference for Mali, Tunisia pledged to contribute to the reconstruction of the country and its armed forces through multilateral training,'' said Souad Abderrahim, from Tunisia's parliament. He added that ''at the political level, we support the holding of elections along with efforts for a peaceful, stable and reasonable solution.'' (ANSAmed).

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