EU foreign ministers seek common ground on Iraq, weapons of mass destruction

Post-war Iraq will likely dominate the agenda of
the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg on 14

Based on the apparent consensus that the United Nations
should play a central role in shaping the future of
post-war Iraq, the ministers will consider potential models
for the EU's involvement. The Commission has already begun
to channel 21 million euro in humanitarian relief aid to
Iraq and is urging the Member States to release another 79

In what could mark the start of a
security doctrine for Europe, the External Relations
Council will also discuss ways the EU should address the
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The proposals
on the table include the reinforcing of export controls,
the enforcement of the stipulations of the pertinent
multilateral treaties, as well as the introduction of
sanctions. The Council will likely call for threat
assessment and the drafting of a long-term strategy by the
Commission. The issue is expected to be on the agenda of
the next EU-US summit.

The ministers - minus Britain's Jack
Straw, who is visiting the Gulf - will also discuss in an
"open debate" the Wider Europe/New Neighbours initiative,
the situation in the Western Balkans, the EU's relations
with Russia, and the state of negotiations within the WTO
Doha Round.


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