Elysée Summit (December 5th-7th) [fr]
In early 2013, Mali, France and numerous African countries made the decision to act together to liberate North Mali, which was occupied by terrorist groups.
The whole African continent welcomed France’s participation in this military operation, emphasizing the global nature of the terrorist threat and France’s legitimacy to fight alongside its African partners.
The organization of the Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa was announced by the President of the Republic in May during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, speaking to the continent as a whole.
During the Summit for the 50th anniversary of the African Union, held in May in Addis Ababa, the African nations demonstrated their will to create a rapid-reaction force in order to ensure their own security. They also recalled the importance of development issues to prevent conflicts and ensure peace in Africa.
France therefore decided to dedicate a summit to the issues around peace, security and development to support these efforts and make progress on a certain number of concrete efforts and initiatives.
The President wishes to show France’s support for collective African organizations by recognizing their political legitimacy and their primary competency in peace, security and development matters.
The three chosen themes are essential issues for Africa, for France, for Europe and for the whole international community.
The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, HE Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, Charman of the African Union, and the the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ms Dlamini-Zuma are taking part to the Summit among 40 Heads of State and Government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, the President of the European Council, Mr Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission, Mr Manuel Barroso.
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