Foreign Affairs Council, 3183rd meeting: extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
End production: 23/07/2012 First transmission: 23/07/2012
On 23 July 2012, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, chaired the 3183rd meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.
The Council discussed developments in the EU's Southern neighbourhood, focusing on Syria and Libya. The Council took stock of the situation in Sudan and South Sudan, one year after the independence of South Sudan. The Council expressed its alarm at the deteriorating situation in Mali and the adverse impact of this on regional and international peace and stability. The Council welcomed the progress achieved on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) since the Council conclusions of 1 December 2011, in particular the imminent launch of three new CSDP missions as well as the continued planning for EU support to border security in Libya. Finally the Council was encouraged by the progress made in implementing the Global Political Agreement in Zimbabwe.
This video shows the arrivals and the doorsteps.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): I think that this could be a way out but I have to examine the decision of the Arab 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.
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 (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (in ENGLISH): 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 by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the Council (in ENGLISH): 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 violence has to stop.
||Soundbite by Jean Asselborn, Luxembourgish Minister for Foreign Affairs (in FRENCH) saying that they will ban the Syrian flight company to land in Europe and the other way around; saying that the most important is to achieve to stop the violence.
||Soundbite by William Hague, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (in ENGLISH): 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 now have to step up our humanitarian assistance for the people fleeing across the borders in Jordan, to give more practical support to the Syria opposition including helping them prepare for Syria after Assad and to encourage other countries outside the EU to impose serious and effective sanctions on the Assad regime which we are making some progress in doing.
||Soundbite by Laurent Fabius, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs (in FRENCH) saying that regarding Syria, they want EU to strengthen its humanitarian aid and its sanctions because the EU has to intervene more strongly.
||Soundbite by Gonzalo de Benito Secades, Spanish State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in SPANISH) saying that they are going to talk about how to stop the violence, to step up the humanitarian aid.