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Remarques du Haut Representant, Catherine Ashton, sur sa visite au Moyen Orient dans le cadre de la politique europeenne de voisinnage - Communique de presse de l'UE/Document non produit par l'ONU (extraits) Français
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Remarks by High Representative Catherine Ashton
at the Press Conference After the Foreign Affairs Council

Remarques du Haut Representant Catherine Ashton a la conference de presse suivant le Conseil des Affaires Etrangeres


I was extremely pleased with the positive response to the new European Neighbourhood Policy.

The council welcomed the creation of the Task Force for the Southern Mediterranean, which I hope will give extra coherence to the work that we and the international financial institutions and others are doing in the region.

I hope very soon that we will have the name of the Special Representative to the region who will support me with the Task Force.

You know that I have talked often about the need for us to make sure that we see deep and sustainable democracy in the neighbourhood and that we need an approach that is based on mutual accountability and what I have called the 3 Ms: money, market access, mobility.

So we will start work and we have already begun to develop the strategy.

This weekend I have been in the region; I have been talking with Jordan, with Egypt and of course with people in Israel and with the Palestinians. But in our dialogues with our neighbourhood, we are conscious of their needs and conscious of our requirement to step up what we are able to do.

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