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European Union (EU)
23 November 2004
Brussels, 23 November 2004
EU High Representative for the CFSP,
took part in the informal Quartet ministerial meeting
Sharm el Sheik, 23 November 2004
Javier Solana, European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), participated in the informal ministerial meeting of the Middle East Quartet held today in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt).
He noted that the meeting today had been useful in particular to coordinate views, in this crucial time of transition, in particular on the three key issues of Palestinian elections, financial support and security. On the first issue, there is strong, united support for the holding of presidential elections on 9 January next year. The EU and its Quartet partners will redouble efforts to assist the Palestinians with practical steps to ensure the success of these elections.
Secondly, the strong performance of the Palestinian Authority in instituting financial reforms was noted. There is continued readiness to support the PA during the transition.
Finally, broader reforms should be pursued, in particular in the field of security. On this issue, the EU and its Quartet partners remain prepared to facilitate efforts aimed at helping the Palestinian Authority restore law and order and combat terrorism.
This statement is attributable to Cristina Gallach, spokeswoman of Javier Solana.