Foreign Affairs Council: extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Première transmission: 23/07/2012
Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
Fin de production: 23/07/2012
On 23 July, Foreign Affairs Council moves to up the pressure on the Syrian regime with new sanctions, blacklisting two dozen people, expanding the inspections of ships suspected of carrying weapons and blocking flights from Syria.
Planes from the national Syrian airline are expected be prohibited from landing in the EU, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said.
Ministers will then discuss developments in Africa, that is in Sudan and South Sudan, in Mali and the Sahel region as well as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Council could then briefly debate the implementation of Council conclusions of last December on the Common Security and Defence Policy. A discussion on relations with the EU's Eastern Partners will follow. The High Representative will also debrief ministers from the high-level strategic dialogue with China.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Markos Kyprianou, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and President in office of the Council, arriving
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Markos Kyprianou, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and President in office of the Council: I think that this could be a way out but I have to examine the decision of the Arabic League, you know that we have always supported this regional organisation and there are in the best position to ascertain the situation. This is why we have supported it from the very beginning.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Markos Kyprianou: We have to impose more sanctions and this is our position, we have to combine sanction with political pressure. So that we can affect the changes we want to see in Syria.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs: The Security Council is clearly blocked, that is very obvious so that is was good that we get a thirty day extension of the observers, we will see what happen after that. But apart form that, the veto of Russia and China speaks for itself that means that particular approach is not the more vital at this moment. I think it is running its own course at certain extend. The humanitarian issue should not to be neglected; we have a lot of people suffering and a lot more. And the regime will fall, so we should concentrate our attention on the after because the day will come.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Catherine Ashton EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / EC Vice: I think what is very clear is that we have to continue the pressure on Syria, we have to be vey clear in our belief that Assad will step aside that he needs to consider the future of the Syrian people and consider how best that can have the kind of future that we believe is right for Syria. And that is a future of democracy and freedom. We want to appeal again to the opposition groups come together more closely and work closely as they can to provide a platform for the transition. And for that to be the end of the violence that requires a concerted effort for everyone to send the same messages and to be determine that the c-violence has to stop.
||SOUNDBITE (in French) Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxembourg, saying that: We will ban the Syrian flight company to lend in Europe and the other way around. That is what we can do and I thin is that the important in on political side in the Security Council to achieve to stop the violence.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of UK: I am pleased that today we can agree a further round of EU sanctions on the Assad regime including entities and maybe be involved its financing. We have to step up our humanitarian assistance for the people flying across the borders to give more practical support to the Syria opposition including helping them prepare for Syria after Assad and to encourage other countries outside EU to impose serious and effective sanctions on the Assad regime which we are making some progress in doing.
||SOUNDBITE (in French) Laurent Fabius, French Minister for Foreign Affairs, saying that: Regarding Syria, we want EU to strengthen its humanitarian aid and its sanctions because the EU has to intervene more strongly.
||SOUNDBITE (in Spanish) Spanish delegation: We are going to talk about how to stop the violence, to step up the humanitarian aid.