02/04/2010

March 29 to April 2nd, 2010

– Morocco : key partner of EU, (Le Maroc un partenaire «essentiel» de l’UE), (01/04/2010), Le Matin

At a meeting in Brussels, Philippe Etienne, France’s Permanent Representative to the EU compliments the kingdom, an “essential” partner of the European Union. Morocco has an important role in the Euro-Mediterranean relations and cooperates in several areas with Europe.
On March 8, the EU-Morocco Summit took place and the kingdom has been presented as an exemplary partner. However, according to Lucile Daumas (in her article EU / Morocco: build resistance and alternatives to a colonial project ) « the reality is somewhat different. »

– UN backs Iraq election results, (01/04/2010), Aljazeera.net

The Security Council called on all Iraqi political parties to respect the official results of elections and the choice of the Iraqi people. But Al-Maliki, Prime Minister had called for a recount. This is part of a strategy to create political coalitions in order to win more votes in elections. However, the Independent Electoral Commission rejected his request. Moreover Iraqi and international observers confirm « their confidence in the integrity of the election. »

 

– The Sudan: Elections or No Elections, (31/03/2010), Asharq Alawsat

The general elections in Sudan must take place in April 11, 2010, for the first time in 24 years. However, doubt reign. Opposition parties seek to postpone the elections and called for a boycott because of fraud by the ruling party. But postponing the elections would be ineffective for the country since General Al Bashir would have as rival minor parties and would limit the elections’ impact.

– Food security in the Mediterranean: a major strategic issue, (Sécurité alimentaire en Méditerranée : un enjeu stratégique majeur), (26/03/2010), IPEMED

The Institute for Economic survey of the Mediterranean World has published a report on the issue of food security in the Mediterranean where there is insecurity with risk of deterioration. Authors Jean-Louis Rastoin and Fouad Cheriet propose different strategies to promote food security.