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Gymnich - Informal meeting of the EU foreign affairs ministers in Cyprus (September 7 to 8, 2012)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in the informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the 27 EU countries held in the Gymnich format in Paphos, Cyprus, from September 7 to 8.

The Gymnich meeting, chaired by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, enabled the ministers to work on the following issues:

-  the situation in Syria: the ministers discussed the latest developments in the situation and explore options to allow the EU to play a more active role both during this crisis and immediately following the crisis;

-  the situation in Iran: Ms. Ashton shared with the ministers her analysis of the most recent meetings with the Iranians. The question of strengthening the sanctions was also raised;

-  the issues relating to access to water and the relationship between water and international security: the ministers reflected on what measures the European Union could take in this area;

-  education in post-crisis situations: the ministers exchanged views on the priority of education in the countries undergoing transition and reconstruction. The discussions notably focussed on the proposals that could be made by the EU, particularly within the framework of its crisis response policy.

Following the Gymnich, the minister of foreign affairs also conducted a bilateral visit to Cyprus, during which he had been received by the Cypriot president, Demetris Christofias, and met with Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis. The minister inaugurated, together with President Christofias, Ms. Kozakou-Marcoullis, and Mr. George Demosthenous, Cypriot Minister of Education, the new Franco-Cypriot school in Nicosia, underscoring the commitment of our two countries to promoting French language and culture in Cyprus and the region.


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