Strasbourg, 24.01.2013 – The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg, today said that “the increased involvement of, and solidarity by, European and African States, the EU and the United States of America, in support of Malian and French forces on the ground”, are necessary to put an end to the establishment of a “regime based on terrorism, hostage taking and drug and arms-trafficking in the Sahel” and restore Mali’s constitutional order and territorial integrity.
At the end of an urgent debate, the Assembly condemned the terrorist attack on the Algerian gas plant in In Amenas and deplored the deaths of dozens of hostages. ”This tragedy reminds the international community of the continuing threats posed by the scourge of terrorism, and the need for an efficient international response, including the suppression of the sources of financing of terrorist groups.”
The adopted text, based on the proposals of the rapporteur Karin Woldseth (Norway, EDG), condemns the continuing and shocking human rights violations perpetrated by the radical Islamist rebels in northern Mali, but also notes that human rights violations have been committed in government-controlled areas too. The Malian army and its supporters must “refrain from any violent reprisals when they start regaining control in the north”. (more...)