Foreign Affairs Council, 3236th meeting: extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Brussels - Council/Justus Lipsius
On 22 April 2013, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, chaired the 3236th meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.
The EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs discussed on energy security and foreign policy, with emphasis on the southern gas corridor. The Council debated events in the EU's southern neighbourhood, focusing on Syria and Lebanon. They took stock of the preparations for the Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers meeting in July 2013 in Brussels. The Council also discussed about the future relations of the EU with Myanmar/Burma and looked at the situation in Mali.
This video shows extract of the arrivals and doorsteps of the EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Eamon Gilmore, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (in ENGLISH): The situation in Syria is very bad, we have the reports over the weekend on further massacre, the killing and slaughter continue, what we'll have to do is to continue to work to bring that to an end, to get a political solution to the crisis in Syria to deliver the humanitarian aid, between now and the end of May the EU will be considering the issue of the sanctions on Syria, we'll have to review before the end of May.
||Soundbite by Jean Asselborn, Luxembourgish Minister for Foreign Affairs (in FRENCH) saying that they are not discussing the arms embargo, they are talking about withdrawing some measures of economic embargo for the liberated population. Saying that he believes they will make progress on this matter. As far as arms embargo is concerned, there is no new decision to be made here.
||Soundbite by Didier Reynders, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, External Trade and European Affairs (in FRENCH) saying that they have to reinforce humanitarian action not only in Syria, but also in neighbouring countries, he thinks there is a genuine European policy to conduct on the matter. It is a way to stabilize the region, but also to fight extremism in their countries. He has already mentioned to many colleagues the phenomenon of European citizens, from Belgium, the Netherlands and other countries, who leave their country to fight next to the jihadists in Syria. He hopes they will have a discussion on the matter and form a European action, they have seen the terrorist hits in Boston, they can fear what could happen in their countries if these people return having trained in terrorism and violent actions.
||Arrival of Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the Council
||Arrival of Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy