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2938th meeting of the General Affairs and External Relations Council: extracts from the common press conference by Alexandr Vondra, Karel Schwarzenberg, Javier Solana, Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Olli Rehn

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The 2938th meeting of the General Affairs and External Relations Council was held on 27 April in Luxembourg. Alexandr Vondra, Czech Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs and President in office of the Council, Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs, Javier Solana, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, held a joint press conference to address the press on the Council developments. The meeting was notably devoted to the accession negotiations with Croatia. Olli Rehn said that there is still plenty of work to do to complete the EU related reforms by Croatia, but it is still possible to reach that goal and to organize an accession conference during the Czech Presidency. But he added that he is now waiting for positive responses from Slovenia and Croatia to his proposal because they are so close now to find a solution that the target should not be missed. Swine flue was also included in the agenda. Alexadr Vondra, thus said that the good new is that the EU can build on experience from similar situations in the past and is willing and ready to coordinate its action since the very first day which is of crucial importance. He added that this should give a reasonable hope that the EU will be able to manage the situation in the best possible way. The meeting also touched the situation in the Middle East and Sri Lanka. Benita Ferrero-Waldner has reminded that there are thousands of civilians trapped and said that the L.T.T.E. should not use them as human shields, and that at the same time the government of Sri Lanka must give them the chance to get out and then that they also get a very fair screening process or registration process where UN officials should be present.
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