THE EUROPEAN UNION
6729/09 (Presse 48)
2926th Council Meeting
General Affairs and External Relations
Brussels, 23 February 2009
President: Karel Schwarzenberg
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Main results of the Council
As regards the Middle East Peace Process, the Council prepared the EU's input for the international conference on Gaza reconstruction which will be held in Sharm al-Sheikh (Egypt) next 2 March 2009.
MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
The Council discussed the situation regarding the Middle East peace process, following the Israeli parliamentary elections held on 10 February.
The discussion focused on preparations for the international conference in support of the Palestinian economy for the reconstruction of Gaza which will be held on 2 March in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), in particular the input of the EU as a co-sponsor of the conference.
Ministers stressed that substantial pledges of assistance should be mobilised, and above all that life in Gaza should be brought back to normal as quickly as possible. A number of messages will also be sent to the conference: humanitarian relief for the people, support for Egypt and its ongoing mediation efforts, support for a resumption of the bilateral negotiations and confirmation of the Arab Peace initiative.
The EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Javier Solana, announced that he will be travelling to Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian territories from 24 to 28 February 2009, a few days before the Conference.
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Document Type: Conclusions, French text, Press Release
Document Sources: European Council, European Union (EU)
Subject: Assistance, Economic issues, Gaza Strip, Peace conference, Peace process
Publication Date: 23/02/2009