Press Release – Cyprus’ Minister of Foreign Affairs debriefs the European Parliament AFET Committee on the October Foreign Affairs Council
18.10.2012, 16:47 (CET)
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, visited the European Parliament today to debrief the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) on the October 15 Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), on behalf of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission (HR/VP), Catherine Ashton.
“It is my pleasure to meet with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament on behalf of HR/VP Ashton to report on the Foreign Affairs Council. This was a successful and productive Council,” stated Minister Marcoullis. She proceeded to brief the AFET on the October FAC discussions on issues including Syria, the Middle East Peace Process, Iran, Mali/Sahel, the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Follow up to the EU China Summit.
On the issue of the Middle East Peace Process, Dr. Marcoullis said that the Member States are united in the goal of re-launching talks between Israel and the Palestinians with a view to securing a negotiated two-state solution that delivers peace and stability for both sides. Replying to specific questions on Israeli settlements, the Minister reiterated the EU position on this matter, expressed also in Council Conclusions, that settlements remain illegal under international law, and are detrimental to efforts for a negotiated settlement.