Foreign Affairs Council, 3222nd meeting: extracts from the doorsteps

Type: Report   Reference: I-076168   Duration: 10:10:58  Lieu:
End production: 18/02/2013   First transmission: 18/02/2013
On 18 February 2013, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, chaired the 3222nd meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. Discussion focused on the situation in Mali and the EU action to support Mali, on the implementation of the EU's Eastern Partnership, and on the latest developments in Iraq. The Council also debated events in the EU's southern neighbourhood and took stock of the Middle East peace process. This video shows extracts of the arrivals and the doorsteps.

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10:00:05 Arrival of Villy Søvndal, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs (2 shots) 00:00:22
10:00:27 Soundbite by Linas Linkevičius, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs (in ENGLISH) saying that today many items are on the agenda as usually but he can not resist by commenting on Eastern Partnership as well because by the end of November a Summit is scheduled in Vilnius; Eastern Partnership is not the most popular item on the agenda because there are no conflict situations, but it is a very important region for Europe for the future; he thinks they should keep the momentum by talking with the countries of their partnership, maybe he would single out Ukraine for instance. 00:00:50
10:01:17 Arrival of Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs (2 shots) 00:00:17
10:01:35 Arrival of Jean Asselborn, Luxembourgish Minister for Foreign Affairs and soundbite (in FRENCH) saying that they have to be very careful with Syria; there is no dearth of weapons; saying that he thinks they should support of what Mr. Brahimi said, what they are doing in Cairo, promote the involvement of Russians toward a diplomatic solution; what they must ensure is that representatives of the Regime and representatives of the opposition meet around the table; they have to go this way; if they give more weapons, there will be more deaths and atrocities (2 shots) 00:01:04
10:02:39 Arrival of Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that they will continue discussions today; it is a very important issue and she does not think that there is at this point a common position of the EU (2 shots) 00:00:27
10:03:06 Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the Council and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that during this Foreign Affairs Council, they will mainly talk about three issues; the first one is the continuing concern they have about the situation in Mali, they efforts and support of France and the launch of the training mission, which will be today and is going to be of enormous importance and support of the Malian army and the continuation of the work that Andris Piebalgs has been doing to ensure that humanitarian and development aid is going to reach the Malian people as swiftly as possible, part of this broader comprehensive approach on the Sahel; Syria is very high on their agenda again; they will be looking today what more they can do to support the people of Syria, this has been an issue of growing concern for them and of course the European Council; they will be thinking too ahead to the Summit in Vilnius which will take place later this year where the leaders of the Eastern Partnership countries will come together with the EU and an opportunity to deepen and strengthen their relationships with them (2 shots) 00:01:24
10:04:31 Arrival of Vesna Pusić, Croatian Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that it seems that the current situation will be prolonged for the next three months or so and then be reviewed again, this is something they will discuss (2 shots) 00:00:19
10:04:51 Soundbite by Eamon Gilmore, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (in ENGLISH) saying that on the arms embargo, he think they need to be careful, not to contribute to the militarization of the situation in Syria; he thinks they have to support the efforts of Dr. Brahimi, he thinks they have to address the very serious humanitarian situation in Syria, but he thinks the further militarization of the conflict in Syria will be something that is not desirable. 00:00:27
10:05:18 Arrival of Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs and soundbite (in ENGLISH) on Syria (2 shots) 00:00:27
10:05:45 Arrival of Nikolaï Mladenov, Bulgarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that they still believe that the attack that happened in Burgas last year was organised by people who was connected to the military organization Hezbollah; they will be working very closely with the Lebanese authorities to make sure that they get to the bottom of this because he thinks is an interest of both, Lebanon and Bulgaria and Europe as a whole to reach a final conclusion on this investigation; today, he will brief the Ministers of Foreign Affairs on some of their findings, and the direction of investigation and as well as how they propose to take the debate inside of European Union obviously they have to take measures to make sure that such an activity just not goes without consequences in the EU; no matter who are the organisers no matter where it happened they have a collective responsibility for that and he hopes they will do the appropriate thing to do over the next months (2 shots) 00:00:55
10:06:41 Arrival of Radosław Sikorski, Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:03
10:06:45 Soundbite by Michael Spindelegger, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs (in ENGLISH) saying that they are very much concerned about developments in Iraq, especially between the north and the capital; he thinks that capital and the national government must see what they can do also for exports and the economic situation; what is needed it that they come together to really see what will be the next step forward; from the European side, they must have a concept of how to support such a dialogue, such development for the future of Iraq. 00:00:29
10:07:15 Soundbite by William Hague, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (in ENGLISH) saying that he is very concerned that there has been another kidnap in Northern Nigeria, they are in touch with the Nigerian authorities about this, he cannot tell any more about that at the moment but they will give more information as they can (2 shots) 00:00:17
10:07:32 Soundbite by José Manuel García-Margallo, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (in SPANISH) saying that the problem is knowing who are they arming and how are they arming them and if this serves to shorten the conflict or the other way around is going to fuel the fire; so let's hear the arguments of those who favour a modification of the current situation but if those arguments are not convincing Spain prefers to keep the situation as it is now. 00:00:27
10:08:00 Arrival of Guido Westerwelle, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and soundbite (in GERMAN) saying that they have a comprehensive meeting of Foreign Ministers today, it will be mainly about Syria; the situation in Syria remains unfortunately worrying; they believe on the one hand that the national opposition coalition must be supported, on the other hand they must prevent the escalation of violence; they believe in this respect that the suspension of the arms embargo is not wise, it would lead to an armament build-up in Syria which would cause a further escalation of violence with many more victims; therefore, they must discuss in the EU how the arms embargo and the sanctions against the Assad regime can be more intelligently continued and prolonged beyond the 1st of March (2 shots) 00:01:18
10:09:19 Arrival of Titus Corlăţean, Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that it is important to see all the political dimension and also the humanitarian protection of civil population; saying that after the meeting all the statements will be make public (2 shots) 00:00:22
10:09:41 Arrival of Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that he thinks that there is a need to concentrate more efforts on getting the Security Council together and that would require a sense of compromise by each and everyone involved; he thinks that would send a powerful political message to Damascus that it is time to change (2 shots) 00:00:26
10:10:07 Arrival of Didier Reynders, Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, External Trade and European Affairs and soundbite (in FRENCH) saying that this should be an open debate; the difficulty is to know who the end users of such weapons are; this is the problem they confront, how having a warranty on the use of these weapons (2 shots) 00:00:22
10:10:30 Soundbite by Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs (in ITALIAN) saying that they are going to make some tweaks to the decision that they had already taken on a European training mission to Mali; they will also make some adjustments regarding the number of staff available; it was decided that Italy will take part in this contingent with 20 staff units. 00:00:27
10:10:58 Arrival of Erkki Tuomioja, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs (2 shots) 00:00:09
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