Portrait of Vygaudas Ušackas, EU Special Representative for Afghanistan, and statement
End production: 22/03/2010 First transmission: 22/03/2010
This video shows a portrait of Vygaudas Ušackas, Former Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, appointed on 1 April 2010 Head of the Delegation of the EU to Afghanistan.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Council in Brussels
||Arrival of Vygaudas Ušackas, Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan, at the European Council (2 shots)
||Vygaudas Ušackas, joining Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and David Miliband, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (4 shots)
||Vygaudas Ušackas, talking with people (7 shots)
||Photographer taking picture of Vygaudas Ušackas (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Vygaudas Ušackas (in ENGLISH): my primary task is to lead the EU action plan on Afghanistan and Pakistan; on what concerns Afghanistan, I look forward to working in team spirit with the Member State Ambassadors in Kabul in order to provide the best support we can for the country which is going through tremendous difficulties and challenges; I see that as a big challenge and a big task; but in order to achieve anything we need to work as a team not only among the EU ambassadors.
||Soundbite by Vygaudas Ušackas (in ENGLISH): the main challenge is to make a contribution for a stable and secure environment - in which we contribute with the EUPOL mission - and an agreed task to provide possible assistance to strengthening in good governance in Afghanistan; and that is what the European Union historically is good at; we all know the problems that people in Afghanistan face with corruption and we are looking forward to working with the Afghan Government to support them in the direction of better governance, healthier political environment, and also to support their steps in reconciliation and integration - which are important elements for the future peace settlement.
||Soundbite by Vygaudas Ušackas (in ENGLISH): what I would like to accomplish and what I would like to see very much is a more stable Afghanistan, where people of Afghanistan assume more responsibility, not only in the Capital but also in the provinces and districts; a country which is not anymore a source of international terrorism, a country which has a more diversified economy; in that context it will be also important to work with enabling countries, especially Pakistan, which has a very important role to play to support Afghanistan, as well as to promote cooperation with other countries too.
||Vygaudas Ušackas, leaving the European Council, and walking towards Berlaymont building in Brussels (5 shots)