EU-Israel Association Council: extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 24/07/2012 First transmission: 24/07/2012
On 24 July, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy and Avigdor Libernam, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a press conference after the EU-Israel Association Council.
The European leaders underlined they strongly condemned the deadly bus terrorist attack on Jewish citizens which took place in Bulgaria on 18 July 2011.
Avigdor Libernam outlined that Israeli biggest concern today is the potential transfer of chemical and biological weapons from Syria to Hezbollah. 'This is a red line for us. We will act decisively and without hesitation or restraints' he said.
Israel hopes to get the understanding from the international community while they reiterated their request to put the Hezbollah group on the terrorist list of Europe. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis replied that there is no consensus among Member States in that way.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council: In this context, I would like to reiterate the EU condemnation of the deadly bus terrorist attack on Jewish citizens which took place in Bulgaria on 18 July 2011.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: Let me repeat also on behalf of the EU Commission that we strongly condemn the terrorist attack on Israeli citizens in Bulgaria last week.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle: We have drawn up a list of activities which will give us a lot of world in the coming future. We are talking about 60 concrete actions in 15 fields. We will continue technical discussions if necessary and will indentify the area of potential cooperation in the future.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Avigdor Libernam, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs: It is not a secret that it is our biggest concern today, and in the moment we see that the Syrians transfer chemical and biological weapons to Hezbollah, this is a red line for us. We will act decisively and without hesitation or restraints. It will be a completely different ball game. And we hope the understanding from the international community, we hope its cooperation. It is clear that today it is the biggest challenge of international community to prevent this possibility of using biological/ chemical weapons.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Avigdor Libernam: Of course, the time has come to put Hezbollah on the terrorist list of Europe. And from our point of view it is unacceptable the Hezbollah terrorists meet and talk with Western diplomats in Beyrouth on one hand and they pursue their terrorist activities on the European soil on the other hands.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis: The Lebanese Hezbollah is an organisation that comprises a political party, social services network as well as an armed wing. Hezbollah is active in Lebanese politic including the Parliament and the government and plays a specific role with regards to the status quo in Lebanon. Taking into account this and other aspects, there is no consensus among Member States for putting Hezbollah in the terrorist related list organisations.
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