General Affairs and External Relations Council: arrivals (1)

Type: Report   Reference: I-056458   Duration: 10:03:23  Lieu:
End production: 18/02/2008   First transmission: 18/02/2008
The 18 February meeting of the EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs was dominated by the latest events in Kosovo. However divided on the issue, the 27 Member States tried to agree on a common position to the declaration of Kosovo as a sovereign State. Not all EU countries are willing to recognise a new State but Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy were expected to officially confirm Kosovo's sovereignty following the meeting. Meanwhile, and despite Belgrade's opposition, the EU decided to send a civil mission composed of some 2,200 policemen, prosecutors and judges entrusted with the task of strengthening stability in Kosovo and ensuring that democratic standards are observed there. The EU will take 120 days - four months - to gradually deploy the mission. After this transition period, the transfer of authority from the UN mission currently in Kosovo to the EU would become effective. Other topics for discussion were the preparation of the European Council of March, the Middle East, Sudan/Chad, Kenya, Myanmar and the WTO/Doha Development Agenda.

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10:00:08 Arrival of Per Stig Møller, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:14
10:00:22 Per Stig Møller (in ENGLISH) saying that he hopes they will get a common platform in the EU so that they can have a common position towards Kosovo and also towards Serbia; it is very important for Serbia to know that it is not going to be a part of Russia but part of Europe; on the recognition of Kosovo by Denmark; saying that they will take position after the day's discussions; he hopes that they will get a common platform 00:00:22
10:00:44 Arrival of Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:05
10:00:49 Arrival of Petras Vaitiekūnas, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:10
10:00:59 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:04
10:01:03 Arrival of the delegation from Luxembourg 00:00:11
10:01:14 Arrival of Maxime Verhagen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs; and speaking (in ENGLISH) saying that he would like to call upon all Kosovar authorities and Serbian to be restraint and respect all minorities living in Kosovo; the first thing to ensure is stability in the Balkans and be sure that the Serbian minority can be respected in Kosovo 00:00:42
10:01:56 Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, (in ENGLISH) saying that he expects a very responsible debate; the EU was bound to lead this process to conclusion after the failure of talks at the United Nations; they have already taken the decision to send an ESDP mission to Kosovo; on the recognition of Kosovo by the EU; saying that it is in the competences of the EU Member States; the EU will not take a decision of such but will of course hold a responsible debate on the matter; then it will be up to each and every individual Member State to decide on the matter of recognition 00:00:44
10:02:40 Arrival of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, (in ENGLISH) saying that they are going to discuss; they expect that everybody will behave responsibly; in the EU they have decided already to send a mission that will contribute to the stability of the region; in the meantime, he would like to make an appeal to everybody to act responsibly 00:00:43
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