Summary: June 06, 2003: Subject: EU-UN News: EU DRC deployment; Middle East; Cyprus package; Sri Lanka and Liberia; humanitarian aid
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The EU has decided to deploy an emergency military operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo in preparation for a strengthened UN (MONUC) operation requested by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Please read HR Javier Solana’s statement at: http://www.eu-un.europa.eu/articles/en/article_2395_en.htm
The EU Presidency welcomed the meeting between US President Bush and the Prime Ministers of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It considers the initiative as an important step, which opens up a substantial perspective for peace. The EU supports this initiative: http://www.eu-un.europa.eu/articles/en/article_2398_en.htm. The EU also held its Mid-term Euro-Mediterranean Conference, which included conclusions on the Middle East: http://www.eu-un.europa.eu/articles/en/article_2381_en.htm
European Commissioner for Enlargement Günter Verheugen has proposed financial assistance worth €12 million and trade promotion measures between the northern part of Cyprus and the rest of the Union: http://www.eu-un.europa.eu/articles/en/article_2389_en.htm
The EC has adopted a €3.27 million decision under its Rapid Reaction Mechanism in support of the peace process in Sri Lanka: http://www.eu-un.europa.eu/articles/en/article_2388. It also made €390.000 available for the immediate launching of comprehensive Round-table discussions on Liberia: http://www.eu-un.europa.eu/articles/en/article_2391_en.htm.
Humanitarian aid: The EC has taken decisions to help Eritrea (€1.3 million), Central African Republic (€1 million), the Philippines (€500,000) and Argentina (€495,000) http://www.eu-un.europa.eu/articles/en/article_2386_en.htm.