Foreign Affairs Council, 3101st meeting: extracts from the press conference by Catherine Ashton

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-070270   Duration: 00:03:05  Lieu:
End production: 20/06/2011   First transmission: 20/06/2011
The 3101st meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council took place in Luxembourg on 20 June 2011. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the Council, held the final press conference. The Council discussed Sudan, the European Neighbourhood Policy, the eastern and southern neighbourhood, and the Western Balkans. It adopted conclusions on Sudan, the European Neighbourhood Policy, Albania, Belarus, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the Council, and general view of the press conference room (2 shots) 00:00:10
00:00:15 Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH) saying that the Council agreed on continued EU engagement for peace, stability and for development of Sudan and they have adopted a comprehensive approach to both the North and the South; that's got within it a range of different measures including stepping up the EU's development work, helping the development of accountable government based on human rights and the rule of law; they are also very conscious that South Sudan's independence is less than three weeks away. 00:00:34
00:00:49 Cutaway of the press 00:00:05
00:00:55 Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH) on Syria: saying that the EU has already imposed two sets of sanctions and is preparing to expand the restrictive measures and condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing repression of the people in the country; President Assad has to launch a credible, genuine and inclusive dialogue; and it is up to the people of Syria to judge the willingness to reform; but at first glance, the speech was disappointing. 00:00:28
00:01:23 Cutaway of the press 00:00:04
00:01:28 Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH) saying that the plan is to be in touch with each other to try and flesh out a bit more precisely what can be done, what resources are available immediately, what can be done in support of different aspects of the needs, both economic needs and of course the building of the political process, the constitution and so on. 00:00:20
00:01:48 Cutaway of the press 00:00:03
00:01:51 Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH) saying that everyone is aware that they've put a lot of effort into trying to find ways in which they can persuade the parties back to negotiations; she talked to the Ministers as well; she might call for a meeting of the Quartet; the Quartet Envoys meet on 24 June 2011 under European chairmanship; they are looking to see how much they can push for this clear framework that will enable both sides to return to the negotiating table. 00:00:31
00:02:23 Cutaway of the press 00:00:04
00:02:27 Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH) on Libya: saying that the EU is intensifying its pressure on the regime; the sanctions list has been extended to six ports; she went to Cairo for the meeting of what is called the Cairo Group, which is under the umbrella of the UN, the Arab League, the African Union, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference; they met together; she met with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, by video link; together they were looking at how they support the development of Libya and the post-conflict reconstruction of a democratic post-Gaddafi Libya. 00:00:38
00:03:05 General view of the meeting room 00:00:09
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