site.btaDeputy Foreign Minister Kondov Attends EU Foreign Affairs Council

Deputy Foreign Minister Kondov Attends EU Foreign Affairs Council
Deputy Foreign Minister Kondov Attends EU Foreign Affairs Council
Deputy Foreign Minister Kondovc (BTA photo)

Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Kondov participated on Monday in a regular EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg. EU foreign ministers started their work by discussing the Russian aggression against Ukraine with the participation of Ukraine's first diplomat Dmytro Kuleba.

He briefed them on the current situation and the specific needs of the country in the context of the ongoing Russian aggression. The Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister praised the Ukraine Peace Summit held in Switzerland, which confirmed the need to achieve a just and lasting peace on the basis of international law and the UN Charter. "The EU's united support to Ukraine on all fronts must continue and be sustainable, predictable and timely," Deputy Minister Kondov added.

The ministers discussed the main aspects of the overall support in response to the urgent needs on the ground, focusing on the operationalization of the European Peace Facility and the Ukraine Assistance Fund, the finalization of the document on security guarantees for Ukraine, the continuation of humanitarian support, etc.

The Council also discussed the current situation in the Middle East. High Representative Josep Borrell briefed ministers on the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the region, the possibilities for resuming EUBAM Rafah activities when the conditions are right, the EU's efforts to support the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). "Bulgaria is deeply concerned about the grave humanitarian situation in Gaza and the deterioration of the overall security environment in the region. All EU efforts should be aimed at de-escalating tensions, releasing hostages and supporting the roadmap proposed by President Biden,” Deputy Minister Kondov said.

Among the highlights of the Council meeting were the relations with the Western Balkan countries. "The EU's security cooperation with its partners in the Western Balkans is crucial for the stability of the region and efforts in this direction should continue. It is also necessary for the partners to adhere to the EU's fundamental principles and values related to respect for human rights, the rule of law and good neighbourly relations while implementing in good faith and in a comprehensive manner the necessary reforms on their European path, underlining the validity of the principle of own merits in the context of the European integration of the EU candidate countries," the Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister said.

The ministers also discussed the deteriorated domestic political situation in Georgia in the context of the upcoming general elections in autumn. "We are deeply concerned about the developments in Georgia. The EU should engage with the government on the issues at stake, encouraging them to refrain from such unacceptable actions and to stick to the European path of development of the country in line with the aspirations of the Georgian population. The country also has an important role to play in the security of the Black Sea region, which is of strategic importance for the EU," Deputy Minister Ivan Kondov stressed. The issue is also to be discussed by the European Council at the end of June. 

The Council discussed the situation in the African Great Lakes region and in Tunisia.

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