“We need to condemn all forms of violence against innocent civilians, with no ‘ifs and buts’. But we also need to support governments such as Tunisia’s, a country from which terrorism has exacted a high price in bloodshed”. With these words, Minister Frattini has once again commented on the disturbances and episodes of violence that are affecting North African countries like Tunisia and Algeria. The Minister underscored that the remedy still lies in helping such countries create suitable conditions for development.
From Berlin, where he was taking part in the Italian-German summit, Frattini explained that terrorism has deeply-rooted causes, such as unemployment and food prices, with which “extremist currents” could mix. The Minister went on to relaunch the initiative proposed by Prime Minister Berlusconi at the recent G20 in Korea, for firm action against international speculation involving products such as “bread, rice and wheat”.
The Minister also mentioned the role of the Union for the Mediterranean. “A stronger commitment by the EU is needed. The action taken thus far is not enough. We have done very little, and only a few European countries have taken steps at the bilateral level”. In Frattini’s opinion, the EU’s action thus far “has been insufficient and has not been translated into concrete projects. We’ve got stuck on the issue of the Middle East, which should not have been included in this agenda but should have remained a matter for the Quartet and the other negotiators”