Summary: June 9, 2005: Remarks by EU HR Javier Solana on the occasion of the first-ever EU Ministerial Troïka visit to Iraq (Baghdad)
The EU High Representative for CFSP, Javier Solana was in Baghdad, today, as part of the EU ministerial troïka led by Jean Asselborn for the Luxembourg EU Presidency, and including External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Jack Straw, UK Foreign-Secretary, for the next-term EU Presidency.
They met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'afari and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari among other with high-level representatives of the Iraqi political institutions. On this occasion, Mr. Solana addressed the following remarks:
"Our presence today underlines that the European Union (EU) is fully committed to a secure, stable, unified and democratic Iraq that will make a positive contribution to the stability of the region.
In order to facilitate these efforts, the EU has established an "Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq" (EUJUSTLEX) which lies within the scope of the EU's European Security and Defence Policy.
The mission will train 770 Iraqi officials from the police, judiciary and penitentiary sectors and is organised with the assistance of several EU Member States.
The Iraqi authorities have invited us to launch EUJUSTLEX as soon as possible and we plan to do so as soon as the 22nd June Iraq conference is over, and no later than 1 July 2005."
See also the EUROPEAN UNION FACTSHEET - EU SUPPORT FOR IRAQ - June 2005