The General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) will be held on
The agenda items are as follows:
Preparation of the European Council on 8/
The Council is expected to approve the draft annotated agenda for the spring European Council including the Lisbon economic reform process, Better regulation and climate/energy. External issues will be covered as appropriate.
Discussion is likely to focus on Kosovo. We hope that the Council will give its full support to UN Status Envoy Martti Ahtisaari and his draft proposals and urges engagement by the parties. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on Serbia and Kosovo.
The Council is likely to adopt conclusions on Sudan keeping up the pressure on the parties to commit to a political process and to co-operate with the UN and African Union in enhancing the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) and deploying a hybrid AU-UN force. The Council is likely to condemn the continued violence on the ground, particularly attacks on AMIS and humanitarian personnel and the Government of Sudan airforce bombing in North Darfur and reiterate its readiness to consider further measures.
The Council is expected to adopt conclusions welcoming the Transitional Federal Government's commitment to launch an inter-Somali dialogue and reaffirming illingness to assist the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and reconstruction efforts in Somalia.
High Representative for Common and Foreign Security Policy Javier Solana is expected to outline plans for a civilian policing mission under the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). The presidency will brief the Council on the Foreign Ministerial Troika with Afghan Foreign Minister Spanta on
The presidency is planning a discussion of EU policy on Iran, covering the nuclear issue, efforts to support reform and Iran's role in the region. Ministers will also be updated on progress with work to implement the sanctions in UN Security Council Resolution 1737.
Middle East Peace Process
The Council is expected to welcome the
On Lebanon, the Council is expected to adopt Conclusions, welcoming the success of the Paris III conference, including the EU's contribution to it, and supporting mediation efforts to resolve the political crisis in Lebanon.