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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Germany –

Source: CDU, CSU,

Madam President, Ladies and gentlemen, Africa is foreign and development policy for us, the continent with the largest, sometimes seemingly overwhelming challenges, but also the one with the greatest opportunities.

The Sudan is geographically a key due to the role in Africa. Its proximity to Egypt, to Libya, and make Ethiopia the Sudan, for example, the focal point of various conflicts of interest, of streams of Refugees, militias and armed conflict, separated from the own internal political problems, whose solution is slowly emerging

(Applause from the CDU/CSU)

Also, Federal Minister Müller said it: The real work in the Sudan, begins now. Now the future of the country decides. – It is up to us, and the European Union to play here, together with the African States of responsibility for the future.

I am very glad that the Federal government, both the foreign Ministry and the BMZ, our Engagement in Sudan is very serious. I would like to thank our soldiers for their use on site.

(Applause from the CDU/CSU as well as from members of the SPD)

I’m expected to participate in June, on a delegation trip with state Minister Müntefering and am very much looking forward to my personal impression of the work of our country and of our partners.

Allow me in this connection a remark. Important is not only how we design our engagement in Sudan for the local population, but also how we work together with our international partners and whether we will prove ourselves as a reliable team, both internally and externally.

The German-French partnership, for example, can we test only in the bilateral relationship of our countries and strengthen, but also and especially in the case of joint operations abroad. That the French and the Germans here have, due to their different systems and historical backgrounds, different ideas and approach may not lead to the Mission falters

This was the topic yesterday in the foreign Affairs Committee, an important point in our discussions with the colleagues in the Assemblée nationale. I thought it was a very interesting discussion of the approaches of the different, but also the common objectives has been shown. We should do much more often.

(Applause from the CDU/CSU)

I therefore expressly in favour of – as it says in the title of our coalition’s request – to support the transformation process in Sudan, at all levels and with all available instruments: with concrete development aid, private sector Engagement, and also with the very mode of participation of German forces to the UN missions UNAMID and the possible succession rates of missions.

Incidentally, this is also a confirmation that we have received from the Sudanese NGOs and civil helpers: The development of a stable civil society and democracy can only succeed with full democratic education, particularly with the empowerment of girls and women. But to hedge this commitment, we will continue to need the protection of the helpers by the military.

In the sense of a Responsible Exit, it would be fatal to put any price on a quick withdrawal of the blue helmets. The reverse is also true: When we finish the Mission, UNAMID now cautiously and in an orderly manner and follow-on mission transfer, there is a realistic Chance to stabilize the whole Region in the Horn of Africa.

(Ulrich Entwine [FDP]: no!)

This historic opportunity we should use.

Thank You Very Much.

(Applause from the CDU/CSU)


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