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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet to Discuss Situations in Belarus and Middle East with Colleagues

10.10.2011

Tomorrow, 10 October, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will participate in the meeting of European Union foreign ministers taking place in Luxembourg. The ministers will discuss the situation in the European Union’s eastern and southern neighbourhoods as well as matters related to the Middle East peace process.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that the international community expects Belarus to free its political prisoners and fulfil its international obligations, first and foremost prohibiting the torture of people and putting an end to their cruel, inhuman, and humiliating treatment. “Estonia feels it is necessary to continue supporting the civil society of Belarus and facilitating contacts with people in Belarus,” Paet emphasised.

Regarding Israel and Palestine, Estonia supports the efforts of the international community to get negotiations started between the two parties. “Negotiations between Israel and Palestine must continue and they need to reach a unified solution—this is the only way to ensure an outcome that leads to a two-state solution,” said Paet.

The ministers also plan to discuss preparations for the EU-China summit and the situation in Iran. The EU’s representation in international organisations and third countries will also be addressed.
 

More information:
Helen Ennok, press spokesperson, Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU
+32 474 98 16 57
 

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