THE EUROPEAN UNION
16291/06 (Presse 353)
2771st Council Meeting
General Affairs and External Relations
Brussels, 11-12 December 2006
President: Mr Erkki Tuomioja
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria
Over lunch, ministers discussed the Middle East peace process with a view to the 14 and 15 December meeting of the European Council, on the basis of a presentation by High Representative Javier Solana who visited the region recently. Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner informed ministers on the need to extend the Temporary International Mechanism for aid to the Palestinian people, which will expire at the end of the month. Ministers agreed that its operation should be extended for a further three months.