General Affairs and External Relations Council: round table

Type: Report   Reference: I-057174   Duration: 10:16:29  Lieu:
End production: 29/04/2008   First transmission: 29/04/2008
The EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs met on 29 April 2008 in Luxembourg to analyse the situation in Myanmar, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and the Middle East. Prior to the meeting was the negotiation to reach an agreement to sign a Stabilization and Association Agreement with Serbia. At the arrival to the Council, Ministers were optimistic, even if Netherlands and Belgium were still insisting that Belgrade must first show that it is cooperating fully with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Another important topic to be discussed were the relations with Russia. The Ministers tried to reach an agreement to provide a comprehensive framework for EU/Russia relations. But the signature of a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement was still blocked by Lithuania. Finally, the Council was expected to have an exchange of views about maritime piracy, regarding recent incidents off the coast of Somalia, with a view to assessing how the EU could contribute to an international UN-led response to this scourge.

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10:12:39 Title 00:00:04
10:12:44 Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid 00:00:10
10:12:54 Petras Vaitiekūnas, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:13:05 Kinga Göncz, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:06
10:13:11 Diego López Garrido, Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 00:00:13
10:13:24 Lithuanian delegation 00:00:06
10:13:30 Irish delegation 00:00:06
10:13:36 General view of the roundtable 00:00:07
10:13:43 Maltese delegation 00:00:08
10:13:51 British delegation 00:00:06
10:13:57 Radosław Sikorski, Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:09
10:14:06 Ursula Plassnik, Austrian Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:14
10:14:20 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:14:27 Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Alexander Stubb, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:07
10:14:34 Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, talking with Louis Michel (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:14:48 General view of the roundtable 00:00:07
10:14:55 Markos Kyprianou, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs, talking with Louis Michel 00:00:07
10:15:02 Karel de Gucht, Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:12
10:15:14 Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council (2 shots) 00:00:19
10:15:33 General view of the roundtable 00:00:09
10:15:42 Dimitrij Rupel talking with Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP (3 shots) 00:00:27
10:16:09 Louis Michel and Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement 00:00:08
10:16:17 Ursula Plassnik talking with Maxime Verhagen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:12
10:16:29 General view of the roundtable 00:00:07
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