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Paet Discusses Extension of Monitoring Mission in Georgia with EU Foreign Ministers

27.07.2009

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will participate in a session of the European Union General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) in Brussels on Monday, 27 July.

In the external relations session, topics to be discussed are the situations in Somalia and post-election Iran as well as the security situation in Georgia.

Prior to the meeting, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised the importance of continuing the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia. “The monitoring mission plays an important stabilising role. After the completion of the UN and OSCE monitoring missions in Georgia, the role of the European Union in supporting the region's stability and security has been more important than ever, especially since the European Union Monitoring Mission is the only international monitoring mission left on Georgia's territory,” emphasised Paet. Estonia has sent two experts to join the ranks of the EUMM Georgia. “The mandate of the European Union Monitoring Mission covers all of Georgia, and it is unfortunate that the monitors still have not been able to access the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” he added.

During the general affairs portion, the European Union ministers will discuss the priorities of Sweden's presidency and preparations for the Baltic Sea Region Strategy. Iceland's application to accede to the EU will also be discussed.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia supports Iceland's application being addressed in the European Union without any complications.

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