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Miroslav Lajčák: EÚ Must Engage More in Iraq

Miroslav Lajčák: EÚ Must Engage More in Iraq

10.1.2020 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a Európska únia

“The meeting was called as a response to the development of the situation in Iraq and in the region. We are in agreement with our partners that it is necessary to de-escalate the situation.” These were the words of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, after the extraordinary meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council which took place today (January 10, 2020) in Brussels.

 

The meeting of the Council produced an expected result, namely sending a clear signal that the EU remains unified with regard to the need to calm down the situation in the region and stabilize Iraq, while using all the accessible instruments of the Union. “We have agreed on the need for a greater engagement of the EU in Iraq and in the region. We equally emphasized that it has been necessary to maintain the functioning of the counter-ISIS coalition,” emphasized the chief Slovak diplomat. Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary-General, also attended the meeting with this item of the agenda. He mainly called for transatlantic unity on the issue.

 

The chiefs of EU diplomacies also provided Josip Borell, the EU High Representative, with a strong mandate to travel to the region and negotiate with all relevant parties.

 

Appeals for the necessity to maintain the JCPOA (The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) were also voiced in the discussion. According to Miroslav Lajčák, we should perceive the nuclear deal not only as one of the pillars of non-proliferation but also as an important element of regional security without which we would find ourselves today in a much more dangerous situation.

 

Another theme of the meeting was the current development in Libya. “The most urgent thing is to achieve an armistice so that the political process may begin,” emphasized Miroslav Lajčák. As he further stated, the discussion also dealt with how the EU might help to de-escalate the current tense situation and, particularly, start-up the peace process under the leadership of the United Nations and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Ghassan Salamé. The ministers expressed their support for the Berlin Conference, the aim of which is to get all the relevant parties around one table. They further agreed that the EU must be considerably more active in Libya.