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Statement by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on the
appointment of Romano Prodi as UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Sahel
I wish to express my warmest congratulation to Mr. Romano Prodi on his
appointment as the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Sahel.
he leadership and extensive experience of Romano Prodi will greatly
contribute to mobilize the international response in addressing the challenges
of the region.
As I said in my intervention at the High-Level on the Sahel on
September 26 in New York, the European Union is strongly committed to supporting
the region, in the spirit of national ownership and in partnership with regional
and international actors.
I reiterated EU's readiness to act and to cooperate with the UN Special
envoy and all the international partners.
The appointment of Romano Prodi is good news for Europe and for Africa.