Visit of Stavros Lambrinidis, Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, to Catherine Ashton: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 25/07/2012 First transmission: 25/07/2012
On 25 July 2012, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, gave a press conference on the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, in presence with Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights.
On this occasion, she welcomed his nomination as EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights, and also said a few words on the visit of Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
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||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, and Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, to the joint press briefing, at the European Commission in Brussels
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): His nomination follows the adoption in June of the strategic framework on the action plan on human rights and democracy. Stavros Lambrinidis is a natural choice for the role because of his mix of high level political experience, commitment and expertise with human rights from a legal, diplomatic and political perspective.
||Soundbite by Stavros Lambrindis (in ENGLISH): I can ensure you that I will put my best efforts in ensuring that the visibility and the effectiveness of the human rights policy in the EU get indeed enhanced. I am not being asked to reinvent the wheel; the strategic framework of human rights that was adopted in the Council, the action plan, all of these are remarkable, and already recognise very positive effects to the human rights policy.
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): I met with Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, today and we discussed Foreign policy issues that are of enormous interest to them and to us, Syria and Iran, the situation in the Region. But I made the point that I always make that the importance of trying to find a two states solution as quickly as possible and ensuring that we have a Palestinian state living securely and safely side by side with Israel is at the core and the heart of what we are seeking to try and do.
||Departure of the speakers