EU Presidency / EC press conference
Première transmission: 22/03/2010
Brussels, Belgium - Council
Fin de production: 22/03/2010
On 22/03/2010, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, gave a press conference that closed the 3005th meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council.
Ministers discussed in particular the Middle East Peace Process following Catherine Ashton's visit to the region and the situation in Haiti. Ministers also focused on Chili following the earthquake and the strengthening of EU operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Catherine Ashton: We believe that negotiations should within three years bring about settlement that were resoled in an independent, democratic, viable State of Palestine, that live side by side in peace and security with Israel and other neighbours. The ministers today also supported the enhanced role of Quartet and its plan to monitor the situation on the ground, particularly in Jerusalem. We all recognise the significance of the Arab peace initiative, and look forward to closer cooperation between the Quartet, the parties and the Arab league. We urge regional governance to publicly support the resumption of bilateral negotiations.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Catherine Ashton: The Council gave me a strong mandate today for the donor's conference in New York next week where I will represent the European Union as a whole. It set forth a common EU position with the following elements: an overview of the EU's collective assistance since the earthquake including military assets and police support. An expression of solidarity coming from all European citizens and civil society. A single aggregating figure representing the overall EU commitment to the reconstruction of Haiti, support for a long term plan that provides the basis for lasting inclusive economic growth in development in Haiti in the context of a joint EU approach, a commitment by the EU to create an EU house in Haiti, to enhance our coordination and to support our joint programming.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Catherine Ashton: We also discussed the EU response to the Chile earthquake on tsunami. The visit of Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva confirmed that the EU response to the earthquake and tsunami has been speedy and comprehensive. We continue to follow the situation closely and stand ready to consider further request for humanitarian and longer term assistance.
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