During the whole of Thursday in Nouakchott, Etienne Lavigne Director of the Dakar met the Mauritanian and French authorities in order to examine with them the security conditions in which the rally could be held.
Thorough discussions took place with Monsieur Amjane the Cabinet Director of the Republic's presidency, the authorities of the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office, the inter-army head of staff and the 'charge d'affaire' of the French Embassy, Monsieur Flattot. The determination of the different speakers appeared strongly and guarantees were given concerning the reinforcement of security measures all along the course of the Dakar in Mauritania. After having informed the representatives of the French State in Mauritania of the mobilization and commitment of the highest authorities of the Mauritanian State, the organisers have taken the decision to allow the Dakar to take place according to the initial course decided.
The organisation of the rally and its representatives will however remain extremely careful, both before the entry of the rally in Mauritania but also during the unfolding of the stages concerned, and will revalue the situation in a permanent way.
Following the tragic events that happened in Mauritania on Monday, the organisers of the Dakar have decided to go to Nouakchott tomorrow, Thursday the 27th of December to meet during the days to come, the Mauritanian authorities and the members of the French Embassy in order to evaluate the situation with them and make sure that all the elements are united so that the country can welcome the 2008 Dakar in the best possible security conditions.