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Meeting with Foreign Minister Klimkin on the latest developments in Ukraine

At an extraordinary meeting on 22.7.2014 the AFET committee had an exchange of views with Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, on the latest developments in the country. Members expressed their deepest sorrow for the victims of the crashed plane MH17, and Peter De Gooijer, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU, detailed the priorities the international community should follow on the investigation, the recovery of bodies, and the identification of those responsible for this tragedy.
 
Members of the European Parliament very clearly and unambiguously called for a united line between Member States on tougher sanctions towards Russia, not as a consequence of the plane crash, but to react in view of the Russian authorities' unwillingness to control the flow of arms and heavy weapons across the border to the Eastern regions of Ukraine. The Members also called for the EU to act appropriately and impose red lines upon itself when a third party violates European values and principles.
 
The peace process in the Middle East, the dire humanitarian conditions and the EU's response to the current situation were also discussed at that meeting. Members called not only for a cease-fire and the resumption of negotiations for a two-state solution but underlined the need for the EU to react without double standards.
 

   
 
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AFET Chair Elmar Brok on the situation in Iraq: “Europe must act immediately”

Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, called today on the Foreign Affairs Council, the EU Member States and the Commission to "facilitate the opening of a humanitarian corridor and to continue to increase humanitarian aid to Iraqi people in desperate need of assistance."
 
Mr Brok issued the following statement today:
 
“I follow with growing concern the deteriorating security situation in Northern Iraq. So far hundreds of thousands of civilians, among them many women and children, have fled the region as a result of the brutal advance of armed terrorist groups called "Islamic State" (IS). The escalation of the conflict and the persecution of Christian minorities, Yezidis and moderate Muslims have caused a humanitarian emergency situation which requires an immediate response by the international community.
 
Therefore, I welcome the decisions taken in Brussels last night that EU Member States can also provide military goods, in particular also for the support of the Kurds. In this context, especially France, the United Kingdom and Germany bear a big responsibility. This requires urgent action. That's why the EU and its Member States should quickly agree among themselves and with the USA, which has demonstrated the ability to act, on the division of labour and cooperation. The question arises also whether Turkey would be ready to be included in such cooperation.
 
I call on the Foreign Affairs Council, the EU Member States and the Commission to facilitate the opening of a humanitarian corridor and to continue to increase humanitarian aid to Iraqi people in desperate need of assistance. Furthermore, I invite them to immediately take all necessary actions, in a coordinated manner and in close cooperation with our international partners, which help the people of Northern Iraq to return to normal life. This will require also the stabilisation of the political situation in Baghdad which is an overall pre-condition for the Iraqi authorities including the military to re-gain full control over the entire territory of Northern Iraq. In particular, the creation of a government inclusive of all sections of the population is urgently needed. Iran can also make an important contribution to this process.”    

   
 
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AFET 28-08-2014 - 15:24  

Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, called today for a strong EU foreign and security policy lead by a strong personality. “Bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the broader EU neighbourhood must be the first and utmost priority,” he said following a meeting of the Committee’s Enlarged Bureau with Commissioner Georgieva and the EEAS’s Executive Secretary General Pierre Vimont.

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Comisión competente para el fomento, la aplicación y el seguimiento de la política exterior de la Unión en relación con:
 
1.    la política exterior y de seguridad común (PESC) y la política común de seguridad y defensa (PCSD). En este contexto, la comisión estará asistida por una Subcomisión de Seguridad y Defensa
 
2.    las relaciones con las demás instituciones y órganos de la Unión, las Naciones Unidas y otras organizaciones internacionales y asambleas interparlamentarias para cuestiones que incidan en su ámbito de competencias;
 
3.    la supervisión del Servicio Europeo de Acción Exterior;
 
4.    el refuerzo de las relaciones políticas con terceros países por medio de programas globales de cooperación y ayuda o acuerdos internacionales, como los acuerdos de asociación y de cooperación;
 
5.    la apertura, el seguimiento y la conclusión de negociaciones relativas a la adhesión de Estados europeos a la Unión;
 
6.    toda la legislación, la programación y el examen de las acciones llevadas a cabo en el marco del Instrumento Europeo para la Democracia y los Derechos Humanos, el Instrumento Europeo de Vecindad, el Instrumento de Ayuda de Preadhesión, el Instrumento en pro de la Estabilidad y la Paz y el Instrumento de Asociación para la cooperación con terceros países, así como las políticas que los sustentan;
 
7.    la supervisión y el seguimiento, entre otros elementos, de la política europea de vecindad (PEV), en particular por lo que respecta a los informes anuales de situación sobre la PEV;
 
8.    las cuestiones relacionadas con la democracia, el Estado de Derecho, los derechos humanos, incluidos los derechos de las minorías, en terceros países y los principios del Derecho internacional. En este contexto, la comisión estará asistida por una Subcomisión de Derechos Humanos que deberá garantizar la coherencia entre todas las políticas exteriores de la Unión y su política en materia de derechos humanos. Sin perjuicio de las disposiciones pertinentes, serán invitados a asistir a las reuniones de la subcomisión los miembros de otras comisiones y órganos con responsabilidades en este ámbito;
 
9.    la participación del Parlamento en las misiones de observación electoral, en cooperación con otras comisiones y delegaciones interesadas, cuando sea procedente.
 
 
Esta comisión se encargará de la supervisión política y la coordinación de los trabajos de las comisiones parlamentarias mixtas y comisiones parlamentarias de cooperación, así como de las delegaciones interparlamentarias y de las delegaciones ad hoc que incidan en el ámbito de sus competencias.
 
 
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