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EU – Outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council (Luxembourg, October 20, 2014)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, participated in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on october 21.

EU – Outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council (Luxembourg, October 20, 2014)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, participated in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on october 21. The European ministers focused mainly on the following points:

-  Iraq/ Syria/ Daesh: The ministers indicated that the military operations needed to go hand in hand with strengthened diplomatic, security and humanitarian efforts. They asked the high representative to develop a regional strategy to that end. The EU reaffirmed its readiness to support the Iraqi government. It has strengthened its sanctions against the Syrian regime;

-  Ukraine: The ministers noted a decrease in violence on the ground. They stressed the need for compliance with the ceasefire, the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the smooth conduct of the parliamentary elections, scheduled for Sunday, throughout the territory. The member states also launched a civilian mission to help the Ukrainian authorities reform the security sector;

Ebola: The ministers stressed the importance of developing a common pool of volunteer experts who can be swiftly deployed to the affected countries. They reached an agreement to ensure that international medical personnel will receive appropriate care on the ground or through medical evacuations. The member states also decided to shortly appoint a coordinator responsible for ensuring the coherence of the actions of the EU, the member states and the UN.

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