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Paet: EU Eastern Partnership Must Have Quick Start

27.04.2009

At a meeting in Luxembourg with his colleagues from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Latvia and Lithuania, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that the European Union must take the commencement of Eastern Partnership very seriously.

Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus belong to the EU Eastern Partnership. Paet stated that through the EU Eastern Partnership, an effective framework must be created to help partner countries become closer to the EU. "For this, we need concrete schedules and deadlines, so that it would be possible to begin practical work immediately after the Eastern Partnership summit on 7 May," he added.

At the meeting of the Benelux and Baltic foreign ministers in Luxembourg on the evening of Sunday, 26 April, another topic of discussion was the security situation in Europe. The ministers agreed that the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the appropriate place for discussions about Europe's security structures. Paet stated that the security architecture of Europe should be based on common values and mutual agreements that are always followed. "Today's security architecture works when all parties adhere to principles that were previously decided," he added. "Close co-operation between the EU and USA and the EU and NATO are essential to European security," Paet stated.

A meeting of the Baltic and Benelux foreign ministers occurs regularly once a year. The last meeting of the foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia took place in the fall of 2008 in Estonia.

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