Summary: 19 November 2007, Brussels – Council of the European Union, 2831st External Relations Council meeting, conclusions on Lebanon
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
"1. The Council expresses its growing concern that it has not yet been possible to elect a new President in Lebanon and the parliamentary session has been postponed for the third time until November 21st. It welcomes, however, the spirit of dialogue that has been observed in recent weeks and reaffirms the desire for successful Lebanese Presidential elections. It reiterates its call for the holding of free and fair presidential elections, without foreign interference and in conformity with the agreed schedule and the Constitution.
2 To this end, the Council strongly encourages the Lebanese parties to reach a solution through dialogue and in a spirit of consensus and in full respect of the Lebanese democratic institutions and constitutional norms. Such a solution is the only way to break the political deadlock in the country.
3. The Council recalls previous statements and remains determined to reinforce Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence territorial integrity, unity and stability, according notably to UNSC Resolutions 1559, 1680, 1701 and 1757."