General Affairs and External Relations Council: statement by Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council

Type: Report   Reference: I-057166   Duration: 10:03:47  Lieu:
End production: 28/04/2008   First transmission: 28/04/2008
The General Affairs and External Relations Council gathered on 28-29 April 2008 in Luxembourg. The first day was devoted to the EU’s meetings with non-EU countries which usually take place in the margins of Council meetings. At his arrival, Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, made a statement about Serbia and Russia. On Serbia, he said that there were difficulties to find a solution to sign the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. He said that the current proposal should be respected because reopening the text would mean re-starting all the procedures. On Russia, he said that a solution had to be found to satisfy Lithuania before signing the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:02:38 Title 00:00:04
10:02:43 Arrival of Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council 00:00:10
10:02:53 Dimitrij Rupel (in ENGLISH) on Serbia; saying that the situation is rather complicated; they will try to find a solution to sign the SAA but it is not easy; they are still looking for a solution that satisfies the Serbs, the Dutch and the Belgians and all of them, and this is difficult 00:00:25
10:03:18 Dimitrij Rupel (in ENGLISH) on Serbia; saying that they can find a text that would give the same message, but he does not think that they should reopen the SAA because it is a text for itself; to reopen it would mean to restart all kinds of procedures 00:00:24
10:03:42 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:03:47 Dimitrij Rupel (in ENGLISH) saying that Lithuania is a distinguished Member of the EU and a dear friend of the Presidency; so they are trying to find a language that would suit Lithuania on the one hand; on the other hand they have all interest in moving the PCA; they will have a troika with the Russian Federation, they have all kinds of meetings and all kinds of interests with the Russian Federation; it is a very serious partner of the EU; so, they have to find a compromise there too 00:00:45
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