EU Foreign Ministers will meet in Brussels today to discuss relations with Zimbabwe, the Middle East and the financing of enlargement. The most urgent issue will be to take a decision on eventual EU sanctions against Zimbabwe.
The EU Foreign Ministers are meeting in Brussels on 18-19 February. They will discuss:
- enlargement (in particular the financial framework presented by the Commission on 30 January 2002)
- the preparation of the UN conference on financing for development (Monterrey)
- the fight against terrorism (discussion of the state of play of ongoing work to evaluate relations with third countries in combating terrorism)
- EU participation in the UN international police task force (IPTF) in Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Zimbabwe (run-up to the Presidential elections)
- Middle East (discussion on the promotion of a political solution to the conflict)
Following the expulsion from Zimbabwe on Saturday, of the Head of EU's delegation of election observers, Mr. Pierre Schori, the issue has been given a more prominent role in the Council. The EU has threatened targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe.