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Foreign Affairs Council: Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell upon arrival

Brussels, 22/03/2021 - 11:46, UNIQUE ID: 210322_5

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Good morning,

We are going to have a long and busy Foreign Affairs Council today.

On the agenda we have, mainly, the relationship with [Turkey], which is going to be discussed at the European Union Council later this week. You know that we have been preparing a report [that should be published] and the [Foreign Affairs] Ministers will take stock of this report in order to prepare the European Union Council. So, Turkey is the first item on the agenda.

We also have Southern Neighbourhood and Russia. The Heads of State and Government will also talk about Russia, so today I can say that Turkey and Russia are the two items in preparation of the European Union Council.

Southern Neighbourhood is a preparation for the [European] Council, a very important issue in order to push and to improve our relationship with our immediate Mediterranean Neighbourhood.

We are going to have a videoconference with Madam [Michelle] Bachelet, United Nations [High Commissioner for] Human Rights. We are going to launch a Strategic Dialogue between the European Union and the United Nations [High Commissioner] for Human Rights around the world.

And we are going to use again the framework for sanctions against human rights violations [the European Union Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime]. I will debrief you after the meeting once the Ministers agree with the package.

And there are two hotspots about which we are going to talk today: Myanmar and Ethiopia. In both places, the situation is deteriorating and in the case of Myanmar, we are going to take sanctions against 11 persons involved in the coup and the repression of the demonstrators.

On Turkey, after the Council, I will have the opportunity to meet the Foreign Affairs Minister of Turkey [Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu] to continue discussing the report and the decisions that the [European] Council has to take at the end of the week.

I think that is all, it is going to be long. Thank you.

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