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European Union (EU)
6 September 2008
Results of the informal meeting of the foreign affairs ministers of the European Union
The French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, his counterparts from 25 Member States of the EU and the Secretary-General of the Danish foreign ministry representing the Danish foreign minister who was unable to attend, Javier Solana, the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the European Commissioner for External Relations, and Jean-Pierre Jouyet, the French Minister of State for European Affairs, met on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 September in Avignon for an informal meeting of the ministers for foreign affairs (Gymnich).
Ministers from candidate countries for accession to the European Union (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Turkey) and Olli Rehn, the European Commissioner for Enlargement, joined in part of the discussions on Saturday morning.
During lunch the ministers evoked the reinforcement of the European Union's committment to the
peace process in the Middle East
, particularly in the context of the meeting of the Quartet that would be held in parallel with the United Nations General Assembly. They agreed on the necessity for the European Union to play an active role in the coming months to support the dynamic created by the Annapolis process.