Extracts from the joint press briefing by Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, and Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, on EU/Ecuador relations
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 13/05/2008 First transmission: 13/05/2008
Following their meeting, Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, and Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, gave a joint press conference.
They discussed the latest developments in Ecuador and in the region as well as EU/Ecuador relations. The meeting took place two days before Javier Solana travels to Lima to participate in the EU/Latin America Summit.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, and Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador.
||Javier Solana saying (in SPANISH) that they have been able to speak about the important matters of the agenda of Ecuador, and also about the bilateral agenda between Ecuador, the region and the EU; that for them, Ecuador is an important country in the Andean region, a country with which they have an excellent relationship, a country that treats the international issues in the most constructive way; that they have been discussing the problems which took place not long time ago with some neighbourgs; that they are sure that Ecuador is going to continue reacting in the serious way which corresponds to it; that they hope also that they can go ahead in the bilateral relations between the EU and the Andean Community through the Summit in Lima.
||Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, saying (in SPANISH) that the whole world may understand that Ecuador is a country without guerrillas, paramilitary, narcotraffic, drugs cultivation, narcopolicy or parapolicy; that sadly, these problems are in Colombia, and this is what they ask to the EU and to the world that they intervene in order to find a pacific solution to the Colombian conflict; that if Colombia decides a military solution to the conflict, they respect them but they have to protect their borders and not to spread the conflict.
||Javier Solana saying (in SPANISH) that for them, FARC is a terrorist group and they are satisfied to hear from the President Correa that they have to fight against this and they can not get scared off by the terrorism; that the EU respects the International law and possibly they are the countries that are more respectful with the international law; that these are the two elements of an European position and this is what they will keep also in this concrete case; that it would be very interesting for them, like there was an agreement not long time ago in the Rio group meeting, that this agreement materialize and that will not be only in paper but that both parts take it serious and solve the situation; that these countries that are friends of the EU, friends among themselves, it would be absurd that they wouldn't go ahead together.
||Handshake and exit