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Minister Erjavec takes part in FAC meeting

Brussels, 22 January 2018 – Minister Erjavec attended the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, which addressed the negotiating mandate for the new partnership agreement between the EU and the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The ministers underlined that it was an ambitious document, focusing on common interests and aimed at outgrowing traditional donor-recipient relationships. The agreement will be aimed at shaping a political partnership to develop peaceful, stable, resilient and successful states and societies, accelerate progress in attaining Sustainable Development Goals and develop an alliance for effective participation in the international community.
FAC also addressed the political, security and humanitarian situation in Libya. During the review and exchange of views on current political processes in the country, the foreign ministers were addressed by Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Salame by videoconference. High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Mogherini reported on the first meeting of the trilateral EU-AU-UN Task Force to save and protect the lives of migrants and refugees along migration routes. The ministers discussed the importance of the national conciliation process in Libya and the need to provide the conditions to hold legitimate democratic elections. As to migration, they condemned the actions of criminal groups and called for measures to improve the living conditions of migrants in Libya.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joined the foreign ministers for an informal lunch, during which they exchanged views on the status of the Middle East peace process, the role of the EU in it and the possibilities of enhancing EU-Palestine relations. The President underscored the EU’s major role in the peace process and the need to provide a broader multilateral scope to ensure its progress. He also pointed to the importance of intra-Palestinian reconciliation, calling on EU Member States to recognise Palestine. During the debate, Minister Erjavec underlined Slovenia’s commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East peace process. He condemned the continued expansion of settlements, calling for respect for international law. He also pointed to the fragility of the peace process and called on the EU to carry on activities aimed at ensuring its continuation, including by enhancing the capacities of Palestine and actively engaging other international partners. In separate bilateral talks, President Abbas and Minister Erjavec reviewed bilateral relations and exchanged views on current developments regarding the Middle East peace process, the situation in Gaza and the West Bank, and the intra-Palestinian reconciliation.