Informal meeting of Minister for Defence, Dublin : morning highlights
Lieu: Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Castle
End production: 13/02/2013 First transmission: 13/02/2013
The European Ministers of Defence attended an informal meeting in Dublin on 12-13 February, chaired by Minister for Justice Equality and Defence Alan Shatter TD, and in presence of the Secretary General of NATO and the Under Secretary General of the Department of Peacekeeping, United Nations.
Discussions were expected to focus on recent European Council conclusions, Mali, the Horn of Africa and partnership with the UN.
On Mali, ministers were briefed by the Mission Commander of EU Training Mission Mali and invited to discuss the developing situation in Mali and the region, the deployment of the mission and the EU support to African-led International Support Mission in Mali.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO, saying that close cooperation and coordination between the EU and NATO is of utmost importance this year. The EU will discuss how to strengthen European defence. NATO welcomes this. It would also be of benefit to NATO. A stringer European defence will also be a stringer European pillar in NATO, provided that wastes of taxpayers money are avoided. We should avoid duplication of capabilities and competition between the two organisations. This is the first ever visit of a NATO Secretary General to Ireland.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Alan Shatter, Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, saying that EU contribution to peacekeeping missions and conflict management is crucial. The participation of the EU in NATO Partnership for Peace is very much valuable and fruitful in locations like Afghanistan and Kosovo.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Anders Fogh Rasmussen saying that the draw down in Afghanistan will take place in a well-planned and well-coordinated manner. President Obama's announcement yesterday is in full accordance with NATO roadmap. The gradual handover of responsibility to the Afghans will be completed by the end of 2014. From now, there will be a gradual draw down of international troops.
||Arrivals of EU Defence Ministers, EU military staff, UN and NATO staff - welcome by Alan Shatter (37 shots)
||Roundtable (57 shots)
||Doorstep interview of Alan Shatter (title)
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Alan Shatter outlining the topics for discussion of the two-day meeting, including enhancement of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, EU training mission to Mali, EU mission in the Horn of Africa, and greater engagement of the EU in UN peacekeeping missions.