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Need for conclusions on the Middle East at the next summit, Rauna said

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    Need for conclusions on the Middle East at the next summit, Rauna said – What he conveyed in the context of the General Affairs Council

    The need for the next summit of the leaders of the member states to reach a text of conclusions on the situation in the Middle East, emphasized the Deputy Minister of European Affairs, Marilena Rauna, in the context of the General Affairs Council (SAG) of the EU held on Tuesday in Brussels.

    EU Ministers responsible for European affairs discussed the situation in the Middle East in the context of the preparation of the agenda of the European Council of 21 and 22 March. The state of the rule of law in Poland was also on the agenda of the SGI on Tuesday after the new government submitted proposals to reverse the violations of the rule of law by the previous government.

    In the context of the discussion on the Middle East, the Deputy Minister referred to the extremely alarming humanitarian situation prevailing in Gaza, according to a related announcement.

    The European Council in March should “reach Conclusions, which include, among other things, support for the two-state solution in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions, the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, the unhindered provision of humanitarian aid , the condemnation of all acts of terrorism, and the need to avoid further escalation and possible diffusion of the crisis,” the statement added.

    In the broader context of the discussion on the preparation of the next European Council, the members of the SGI exchanged views on the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine, on European Defense and Security as well as in relation to the European Semester and the formulation of the EU's Strategic Agenda.

    Regarding the situation in Ukraine, Mrs. Rauna said that Cyprus “looks forward to the adoption of the 13th package of sanctions, placing particular emphasis on the need to effectively deal with the circumvention of sanctions”, while she reiterated Cyprus' support to Ukraine and its continued support of the EU in the country.

    In her intervention on the debate on Poland and the Article 7 process, Ms Rauna welcomed the new government's action plan, stressing that the rule of law is a fundamental principle of the EU.

    Prior to the SGI meeting, the Ministers had an informal working breakfast with Borjana Krišto, President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia – of Herzegovina. The official informed the Ministers about the progress that the country has shown in relation to the EU accession criteria.

    Ms Rauna welcomed according to the announcement the progress achieved by Bosnia – Herzegovina towards the fulfillment of the conditions for the accession process, and expressed Cyprus's support for the integration of the countries of the Western Balkans into the EU, based on the conditions and criteria that have been set.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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