European Union: Security in North Africa
The propagation of security in North Africa is an important objective for the EU as southern Mediterranean member states are main targets for refugees escaping war-torn areas. The main goal for this objective at the Deauville Summit are commitments for humanitarian aid to this region from other G8 states, as well as agreements as to the political stance of the G8 states with regards to the conflicts in North Africa.
The prospects for this are likely, as the conflict in Libya has been addressed more or less uniformly through the use of military force on the part of several G8 states, showing at least that many G8 states take this to be a serious issue. However, the extent of the states’ capacity and desire to give humanitarian aid is unpredictable, although on the whole likely to be positive. Russia is likely to be extremely supportive of humanitarian, rather than further military involvement as it has already condemned NATO strikes and offered to mediate the Libyan opposition parties.