Story title Foreign Affairs Council - July 2013
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The Foreign Affairs Council takes place on 22 July 2013 in Brussels.

Video title Doorsteps on Egypt: extracts
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Extras from the all doorsteps on Egypt before the Foreign Affairs Council on 22 July 2013 in Brussels.

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Shooting date 22-07-2013 Country Belgium Town Brussels    
Background

The Council, chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, examines the situation in the EU’s Southern neighbourhood, focusing on recent developments in Syria and Egypt. During lunch, ministers will also debate the Middle East peace process.
The Council discusses issues concerning the Great Lakes region, including the Democratic
Republic of Congo. It also examines the situation in Somalia, with a view to the “New Deal for Somalia Conference”, which is to take place in Brussels on 16 September.

In addition, the Council discusses water security, on the basis of a mapping exercise that was launched at the end of 2012 with the participation of the EU and member states. It sets out actions by the EU and its member states on regional and trans-boundary water security challenges around the world.

The Council also takes note of the state of play on the implementation of the EU strategic framework and action plan on human rights, which sets out the EU’s policy for promoting human rights in its external relations, integrating it into all EU policies in this field, including trade, investment, development cooperation and counter-terrorism.

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SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine ASHTON, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

We went to Egypt to see people many of which we already know. We have been many times there, my special representative Bernandino Leon has spent many weeks there to try and help support the importance of an inclusive approach to the issues and problems in Egypt. You cannot build a democracy in five minutes and you need to build it deep. This means that you need to look at the role of those in power, the response of the people and the role of those who are opposition in that. Trying to work out and with everyone to ensure there is a greater stability and a possibility for Egypt to have a really dynamic feature. I am not going to comment on reports because the whole point of doing things is to do them quietly. We are willing to help in every way possible Egyptian people, they must take it forward into the future.

Keywords : Egypt | Ashton Duration : 00:00:53

00:00:54

SOUNDBITE (English) Linas Antanas LINKEVIČIUS, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lithuania

I do not believe military force is the way to remove governments, this is not acceptable nor legitimate, now they should get back as soon as possible to the democratic process, elections, elected government, elected leadership, this is a must for this society and also for the overall situation in the region.

Keywords : Egypt | Lithuania | Linkevičius Duration : 00:00:21

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SOUNDBITE (English) Carl BILDT, Foreign Affairs Minister of Sweden

They are saying that everything will be concluded in 9 months, let's see.. I would have hoped it would happen within 9 days but that's not realistic.. what's critical is that it's an inclusive process, Morsi is still in detention and he needs to be released, we need to make sure that all the major political forces are part of a transparent and open democratic transition in Egypt. I am not in favour os suspending aid, because they have a difficult economic situation anyhow, I would hope they would be able to go into negotiations with the IMF very soon, what is needed is the credibility for the economic policy that comes with an agreement with the IMF and without an improvement of the economic situation in Egypt it is difficult to see how you can get political stability in the long term.

Keywords : Sweden | Egypt | Bildt | IMF Duration : 00:00:57

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SOUNDBITE (English) William Hague, Foreign Secretary of the UK

We recognize states, not governments, we continue to recognize the Arab Republic of Egypt and we deal with whoever is the government in Egypt. It is very important for the people of Egypt that we do that, for the future of their economy, for our security cooperation. I said the UK does not support military interventions into democratic processes and that is a dangerous precedent for the future. We have to work with the authorities there and we have to continue to keep up this message and this pressure for an inclusive democratic transition in which the Muslim Brotherhood are not driven out of democratic politics.

Keywords : Egypt | UK | Hague Duration : 00:00:50

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SOUNDBITE (Spanish) José Manuel GARCÍA-MARGALLO Y MARFIL, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain

Egypt is going through a bad moment and it needs to reach a stable situation again. In the same way that before it didn't make sense to exclude liberal and non-religious organizations from political life in Egypt, now it doesn't make sense now to exclude islamic forces. Egypt needs to give power back to the people through Presidential and legislative elections and an inclusive process that gives a place in politics to all political forces.

Keywords : Egypt | Spain | Garcia-Margallo Duration : 00:00:34

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SOUNDBITE (English) Guido WESTERWELLE, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

I do not make comments on the domestic situation in Egypt with one exception, we think that without an inclusive comprehensive approach we will only repeat the mistakes of past months, if we want to have a lasting, stable democratic development in Egypt it is necessary that all political forces are on board, that all understand that violence is not an answer and only a peaceful solution will be a stable, reliable solution for the people in Egypt.

Keywords : Egypt | Westerwelle | Germany Duration : 00:00:47

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