Foreign Affairs Council, 3183rd meeting: extracts from the press conference by Catherine Ashton

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-074097   Duration: 10:02:00  Lieu:
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 and Vice-President of the EC, held the final press conference of the Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels. On this occasion, she announced that the Commission doubled its humanitarian aid to the Syrians. Ministers also agreed to strengthen the enforcement of the EU arms embargo against Syria. The EU Members States will be obliged to inspect vessels and aircrafts heading to Syria if they suspect the cargo contains arms or equipments for internal repression. The assets of three additional entities will be frozen bringing their total number to 52.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, to the Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels 00:00:05
10:00:10 Cutaway of photographers 00:00:04
10:00:15 Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): The Commission today announced that it is doubling its aid for emergency medical care, shelter, food and water to those Syrians most affected by the ever-worsening crisis, both inside and outside the country. An additional €20 million of relief aid will bring the European Commission's total assistance in this crisis to €63 million. 00:00:22
10:00:37 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:00:43 Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): In response too to this ever-increasing violence, we have strengthened the enforcement of the EU arms embargo against Syria. EU countries will be obliged to inspect vessels and aircrafts heading to Syria if they suspect the cargo contains arms or equipment for internal repression. It applies in Member States' seaports and airports as well as their territorial waters in accordance with international law. We also froze the assets of three entities supporting the regime and the 26 people responsible for the violent repression with the travel ban and an asset freeze which brings the total number of the people subject to sanctions to 155 and the number of entities to 52. 00:00:45
10:01:29 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:05
10:01:34 Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): In terms of the support we have given from the EU, we still have a delegation on the ground. They are still working there every day. We are sending the humanitarian aid. We are working with other countries, particularly, Turkey and Jordan but now increasingly Lebanon and Iraq - here, we have found many thousand of people fleeing across the border - to offer them as much as support as possible. 00:00:26
10:02:00 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
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