Summary: 12 April 2011, Luxembourg - Council of the European Union PRESS RELEASE: 3082nd Council meeting on Foreign Affairs
President: Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Main results of the Council
The Council discussed the situation in Côte d'Ivoire, following the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo, and adopted conclusions welcoming the declaration of President Ouattara that he intends to pursue a policy of reconciliation and reconstruction. In order to assist the re-launch of the economy of Côte d'Ivoire, the Council has lifted the restrictive measures on the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro, the Ivorian Refining Company and the Coffee and Cocoa Trade Management Committee and will consider lifting further measures to reflect the changing circumstances.
Ministers held an in-depth political discussion on the EU's southern neighbourhood, focussing on Libya, and including Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. The Council adopted conclusions on each of these four countries. It also reviewed the Libya sanctions, notably extending the EU assets freeze imposed on Libya to a number of entities, including entities in the oil and gas sector, and to some individuals.
The Council held an exchange of views on the Middle East Peace Process ahead of the international meeting of the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee, to be hosted by the High Representative on 13 April in Brussels.
The Council adopted conclusions and restrictive measures on Burma/Myanmar.
CONTENTS: ITEMS DEBATED
European External Action Service
OTHER ITEMS APPROVED
COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY
– Gulf Cooperation Council
– Republic of Moldova - Participation in EU programmes
– Palestine - Euro-Mediterranean agreement
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