General Affairs and External Relations Council: round table

Type: Report   Reference: I-059486   Duration: 10:05:46  Lieu:
End production: 10/11/2008   First transmission: 10/11/2008
The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the 27 EU Member States met on 10 November 2008 under the chairmanship of Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and President in office of the Council. They prepared the European Council meeting of December. The external relations session was devoted to the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the political and security situation in Iraq and a discussion on civilian crisis management capabilities. The Ministers also discussed preparations for the EU/Russia summit of 14 November. The Ministers for Foreign Affairs, joined by their Defence counterparts, examined draft conclusions on the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), inter alia, on operations, civilian and military crisis management capabilities and partnerships for security interests. They also reviewed the French Presidency's initiatives intended to give new impetus to the ESDP, presented at the informal meeting of the Ministers for Defence in Deauville. Lastly, they took stock of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Afghanistan, in the presence of the Secretary General of NATO.

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10:03:58 Markos Kyprianou, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:05
10:04:03 Karel de Gucht, Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, with other chiefs of delegation 00:00:06
10:04:09 Markos Kyprianou with Jean Asselborn, Luxembourgish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration 00:00:05
10:04:14 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:04:21 Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid (2 shots) 00:00:17
10:04:38 Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, talking with Jean Asselborn; and arrival of Bernard Kouchner to the table of the Presidency (2 shots) 00:00:30
10:05:08 Luís Amado, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:07
10:05:15 General view 00:00:09
10:05:24 Belgian delegation 00:00:06
10:05:30 General view 00:00:09
10:05:39 Table of the French Presidency 00:00:07
10:05:46 General view 00:00:09
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