Ministers acknowledge US plans for post-war Iraq and plan Security Doctrine on island-hopping boat trip in Greece.
The meeting took an overall conciliatory note with respect to
EU-US relations. The announcement of US-post war stabilisation
force plans, publicised while the meeting was in progress, did not
cement dividing lines among the EU Foreign Ministers. Instead, the
announcement that the US, Britain and Poland were to take part in
the Iraqi stabilisation force, seemed to strengthen the ministers’
committment to moving ahead with viable EU military strategies.
Other issues discussed included the Quartet’s plans for the Middle
East. The Greek Presidency reiterated the Union’s commitment to
material and political assistance of the new Palestinian Prime
Minister’s government. The ministers agreed that the Commission and
Council Secretariat should prepare a report on strengthening EU
links with the Arab world on economic and human rights issues,