Minister Ahern travels to Brussels for EU Foreign Ministers' meeting
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., will travel to Brussels tomorrow for a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers. The meeting will discuss the EU's response to the recent tsunami disaster in Asia and plans for longer-term follow-up in the region.
Previewing the meeting, Minister Ahern said:
“The response to the disaster in Ireland and across Europe has been enormous. It is important that we now translate that response into a long term commitment to the region. The countries of the region face an enormous task of reconstruction, and we must do what we can to help.
Tomorrow, we will consider a draft Action Plan presented by the Luxembourg Presidency. The draft Action Plan details the follow-up actions that the EU might take in order to improve its capacity to react to the Tsunami disaster and to other similar crises in the future.”
Other topics for discussion include Iraq, relations with Ukraine, the Middle East Peace Process and the situation in Sudan / Darfur.
Note for editors
The EU Action Plan will encompass the short and longer-term response of the EU and Member States to the tsunami disaster. The aim of the plan is to coordinate all available resources at all levels and in all areas (analysis, planning of resources, operational action, prevention, etc.) to deal with the consequences of such events now and in the future. It stresses the central role of the United Nations in coordinating relief and proposes measures to improve the EU's civil response capabilities.