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Estonia Prepared to Contribute to European Union Training Mission in Mali

14.01.2013

No 9-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet has expressed concern over the worsening situation in Mali. “The extremist attacks, which have grown more severe, must stop,” he stated. “We recognise the rapid action taken by the UN Security Council and the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] as well as France,” he added.

Paet said that Estonia is prepared to contribute to the European Union training operation in Mali. “According to the current schedule, up to two Estonian staff officers could participate in the mission at its headquarters,” he noted.

According to the Estonian foreign minister, the political instability and humanitarian situation in Mali threaten the stability of the entire region. “The support of the region and the entire international community are crucial in resolving this crisis,” he emphasised.

The situation in Mali has grown rapidly worse since last Thursday. On Thursday night the UN Security Council approved a press statement that condemned the attacks by terrorists and called on other countries to help find a solution to the situation. On Friday France decided to provide military aid to the government and army of Mali. ECOWAS has also approved the immediate sending of soldiers to Mali.

The European Union has also decided to send its own training mission to Mali as quickly as possible.

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