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European Union Foreign Ministers Discuss Situation in Syria

01.12.2011

No. 382-E

Tomorrow, 1 December, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will participate in a meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, where they will be discussing the situations in the southern neighbourhood of the European Union and the Western Balkans as well as the latest developments in the Middle East peace process.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the situation in Syria has gotten worse and currently the most important thing is to follow the peace plan. “The Syrian authorities must keep their promises and immediately end violence against the protestors,” said Paet.

With a view to the entire southern neighbourhood of the EU, Paet stated that the European Union must continue to encourage its neighbours to carry out reforms and improve contacts between the government and the citizens. “For example, the European Union must be ready to help Egypt organise elections,” he added.

While talking about the situation in the Western Balkans, the ministers will focus on the current situation in Serbia-Kosovo relations. Foreign Minister Paet noted that Estonia feels it is essential for the EU-mediated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina to continue.

Regarding the negotiations between Israel and Palestine, Paet said that Estonia does not support the one-sided steps made by the parties as they are not helpful in reaching an agreement. “We support the efforts of the Quartet on the Middle East to restore negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as well as the call to refrain from provocations,” asserted Paet.

The council also plans to discuss the creation of a European Democracy Fund, which Estonia feels will give added value to the promotion of democracy in the EU’s neighbourhood. “We will consider taking part in the creation of the fund and also contributing to it,” Paet noted.

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

SPOKESPERSON’S OFFICE
+372 637 7654
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