Foreign Affairs Council, 3005th meeting: arrivals
End production: 22/03/2010 First transmission: 22/03/2010
On 22 March 2010, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the Council chaired the 3005th meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels. The EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs discussed in particular Haiti and the Middle East Peace Process following Catherine Ashton's visit to the region. The EU Ministers also focused on Chilean situation following the earthquake and the strengthening of EU operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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||Arrival of Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
||Soundbite by Miguel Ángel Moratinos (in ENGLISH): well, you know what the High Representative Mrs Ashton said when she was in the Region; the European Union has condemned all the settlements activities and we will continue; I have been with the Senator Mitchell, the quartet make a very strong statement about the settlement activities; we asked for a total freeze of the settlement activities, and we will pursue this policy.
||Arrival of Péter Balázs, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Arrival of Markos Kyprianou, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Arrival of Miroslav Lajčák, Slovakian Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Arrival of Jan Kohout, Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Arrival of Radosław Sikorski, Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign
Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (in ENGLISH): today is an important foreign affairs Council, of course because we will be discussing a number of key issues; just to say at lunch time we will have Tony Blair here because we will be discussing the situation in the Middle East; you know that I have just come back from the Middle East and especially being allowed into Gaza, as first politician allowed from the Israeli side for over a year; there is a lot to discuss on this issue and how we can keep the pressure on to get talks moving and to support Senator Georges Mitchell and everything g that he does.
We made it clear and I was very fortunate that I was able to visit a number of countries in the region and with the Arab league as well; it is very clear to me that there are enormous concerns about this being discussed in Israel, and we all heard the deliberations of the Prime Minister Netanyahu? I spoke with the Prime Minister, with the Foreign Minister, with the President of Israel; we have made our position very clear we believe that the settlements should stop, most important; we believe that the talks should begin (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Alexander Stubb, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs (in ENGLISH): I think that the move that Benjamin Netanyahu's Government has done on settlements are completely unacceptable; I think that it is equally unacceptable than we see a rocket flying from Gaza into Israeli territory, I think that something needs to be done, and something needs to be done quickly, the proximity talks will start; I support the work of the quartet (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs (in FRENCH) saying that they have to support, especially the Eurozone, as well as Greece which is in the Eurozone; they have to fix that, perhaps with some original solutions, before the European Council; but they have to support their Greek friends who have proposed a courageous plan of reforms; it is not gone be efficient right now, but they have to take this into account; so this is not threatening the harmony; as you know, between France and Germany, there is first still this mistaken, and afterwards, we finally get along.