Foreign Affairs Council, 3230th meeting: extracts from the press conference by Catherine Ashton

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-076730   Duration: 10:02:04  Lieu:
End production: 11/03/2013   First transmission: 11/03/2013
The 3230th meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council took place on 11 March 2013 in Brussels. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the Council, held a press conference after the meeting.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
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 President of the Council, in the press conference room 00:00:05
10:00:10 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
10:00:15 SOUNDBITE by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH) saying that it was a great pleasure to welcome the Joint Special Representative Brahimi to the Foreign Affairs Council meeting to discuss the current position in Syria; the EU continues to strongly support his efforts to create space for political dialogue between the opposition and representatives of the regime; the only solution in the end to this crisis is a political one and they are ready to assist in anyway possible; at the same time, they are determined to increase assistance to the Syrian population and support to the opposition; they demonstrated their resolve to do so in many ways, including the decision that was taken in February 2013 to provide greater non-lethal support and technical assistance for the protection of civilians. 00:00:45
10:01:01 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:01:06 SOUNDBITE by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH) saying that meanwhile they continue to work with the political international partners to further narrow down differences; Mister Brahimi has shown great determination in this very difficult task and he can depend on the EU to stand by him as he continues his work and the EU continues to be willing to support him in every way possible. 00:00:23
10:01:29 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:01:34 SOUNDBITE by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH) saying that Foreign Ministers confirmed the interest to work constructively with Russia on a broad range of issues which includes foreign policy; the EU and Russia already work well together on issues such as the Iran nuclear program, Middle East peace process, Afghanistan; but the EU wants Russia to engage more when it comes to Syria and to the protracted conflicts in the Southern Caucasus and in Moldova. 00:00:25
10:02:00 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:02:04 Catherine Ashton leaving the room 00:00:02
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