Forum de Minsk: discours de Catherine Ashton
On 26 August 2014, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, made a statement at the plenary session of the Eurasian Customs Union in Minsk, Belarus.
She attended the meeting with Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, and Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy.
The crisis in eastern Ukraine dominated the agenda, and Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, called on the Forum to accept his peace plan for the country. The meeting focused on two areas: the economic aspects of the discussions between the different nations, especially between Russia and Ukraine and the role of the EU; and on the peace and security issues.
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||SOUNDBITE by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): thank you Mister President; can I first of all thank you for giving this opportunity and for your hospitality here today in Minsk; as you know I'm here to represent the European Union and I have with me two distinguished Commissioners: Commissioner De Gucht, who's responsible for Trade, and Commissioner Oettinger, who's responsible for Energy, both of whom have been actively engaged in the issues that have arisen in our discussions with Ukraine and with some of the nations represented here and perhaps especially to focus on with Russia; I wanted to make just two or three very brief remarks to begin;Mister President, my interest, as I believe yours is, is to try and support the people of Ukraine to find peace and security, to ensure that they are able to enjoy territorial integrity, a future that is economically viable, sustainable and growing, and good relations with the neighbours and with the region; I believe that should be all of our objective for this occasion;the second thing I wanted to say is that as the EU we know very well how important it is to ensure that there is an opportunity for dialogue, to resolve challenges, differences and conflicts through finding political solutions and to do so in the best possible spirit and I hope that is the spirit that will govern these discussions;the third thing to say is that our contribution is to help; we wish to ensure that what we do is supportive and helpful for the people of Ukraine, that it works in ways that will ensure that people can enjoy this future and in a collaborative way with those who are also here to engage in that process; and I hope that this meeting will be a success in itself but also will enable us to move forward; thank you.