Visit of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, to George Mitchell, US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
End production: 27/01/2009 First transmission: 27/01/2009
Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, met with George Mitchell, US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, on 27 January 2009, in Egypt, as diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the crisis over Gaza were going on.
Earlier in the day, Javier Solana had met in Cairo with Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, and Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and reiterated Europe's desire to help the Palestinians.
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||Plane arriving at the airport
||Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, meeting with George Mitchell, US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (3 shots)
||Javier Solana (in ENGLISH) saying that it has been a very good meeting and he is sure that there is going to be a very close cooperation between the United States and the European Union; he knows George Mitchell for a long time; they worked together in 2001 already in the Middle East and he is sure that their cooperation will be as good now as it was then; everybody is very pleased with the nomination of George Mitchell and he is he will do a very good job;
saying that obtaining a cease-fire has been a diplomatic effort, a diplomatic effort by many players, Egypt, the European Union and others, members of the Arab League; the military action is a catastrophe that could not be stopped, but diplomacy is working at the rhythm that it can and he hopes very much that it will continue working in three different directions: a sustainable cease-fire, the deployment of the humanitarian reconstruction aid, and thirdly the dialogue among the Palestinian people and among the Palestinian leaders; on those three issues, the EU is cooperating very much with the Arab countries and in particular with Egypt;
saying that the most important thing is that the aid and the help arrive at a good rhythm to the people in need and for that the crossings have to be opened; the number of trucks that have to cross every day is about 500, and for now, there are no more than 150 or something; a big effort has to be done if we really want to support the people;
saying that the Egyptians are playing the role of catalysers of that process; Egypt is well placed to do that and he hopes that they will succeed;
saying that the meeting is the third meeting in three weeks so they have been working very close together; they had an exchange of views on how the situation evolves and to plan on how to continue working together; the cooperation with Egypt is very profound.