Visit of Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council of the EU, to Libya and statement by Benita Ferrero-Waldner

Type: Report   Reference: I-054292   Duration: 10:02:54  Lieu:
End production: 11/06/2007
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council of the EU, undertook a visit to Libya to highlight the plight of the foreign medical workers who where sentenced to death. They were convicted of deliberately infecting hundreds of children with HIV, a claim that many Western medical scientists disclaim, putting the outbreak down to negligence and poor hospital hygiene. Most of the medical workers involved come from Bulgaria and claim they are innocent. Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Frank-Walter Steinmeier met families of the children affected in Benghazi and then flew to Tripoli.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of Tripoli by night (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:00:19 Exterior view of hotel Al Mehari in Tripoli 00:00:05
10:00:24 Arrival of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council of the EU (2 shots) 00:00:23
10:00:47 Arrival of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy 00:00:06
10:00:53 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:00:57 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that they came in Tripoli to again acknowledge the suffering of the children of Benghazi, particularly having a special understanding and sympathy for the families, who must have been shocked after the horrible events of the Aids cases; but she also came as part of the efforts to do everything in order to solve the case of the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian medic 00:00:36
10:01:33 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:01:40 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU and she personally have been working since two years on this case and they have advanced a lot because they have designed a special action plan for the Benghazi hospital, because they really want the children to have the best possible treatment according to the best standards of the European Union; some Member States have shown some preparedness to work with the children, offer their hospitals and to give them the best possible treatment; she could see in the Benghazi hospital that a lot of our work has been excellent, there is a good basis for going on in the future and working with the experts of the EU and with their Libyan partners; the Libyans have understood that this is so important, in the future also to help following the cases of the children 00:01:14
10:02:54 General view of Tripoli by night (2 shots) 00:00:12
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