Minister Titus Corlăţean’s participation in the extraordinary meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean attended on 17 January 2013 the extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. The meeting was convened on a fast-track procedure by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, on account of the worsening security situation in Mali.
The ministers approached the Malian crisis, the goal being to focus the debates on specific items related to future EU actions, including identification of ways to support the Malian government. Concurrently, the ministers shared the assessment of High Representative Catherine Ashton on consolidating the European Union’s coordination with African partners and with the United Nations to the end of rapidly solving this crisis.
In his intervention, the Romanian Foreign Minister firmly condemned the actions of the terrorist groups fostering violence and religious extremism and enhancing the risk of destabilization in the entire sub-Saharan region. Moreover, he conveyed a message of support for France’s decision on military action in Mali, at the request of the Malian authorities, in order to halt the Islamic terrorist forces’ advance to the south of the country, stressing at the same time that restoring stability and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Mali must be one of the main priorities of the EU. These elements were also set forth during the bilateral meeting the Romanian Foreign Minister had with Mali’s Foreign Minister Tiéman Hubert Coulibaly.
Considering the military operation as a temporary element of the Malian crisis, Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean referred to essential aspects related to identification of a permanent solution to the current situation in Mali: national reconciliation (including dialogue between the North and the South / between Bamako and the rebel groups that dissociate from terrorism) and establishing a political roadmap for the transition period, to be implemented subsequently.
The head of Romanian diplomacy underscored the need to continue the EU support for the authorities in Bamako with a view to restoring constitutional order by organizing general elections as soon as possible. According to Romania’s assessment, a legitimate and functional government in Bamako, capable of exerting its authority over the entire national and sovereign Malian territory, should be the main goal of the EU and the international community.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Minister tc had bilateral talks with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton and approaches aspects of the bilateral relations with his counterparts from France, Germany, the Netherlands and with the ministers of European Affairs from Ireland and the United Kingdom.