Sumario: 29 May 2008, Brussels - Summary of remarks by Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, at the Annual Review Conference on the International Compact with Iraq on Thursday, 29 May 2008 in Stockholm
The following is an edited summary of remarks by Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, at the first Annual Review Conference on the International Compact with Iraq which took place in Stockholm today:
I should like to thank Sweden for hosting today's conference and also thank the two co-chairs: Prime Minister Maliki and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
One year after the compact much progress has been made but more work still has to be done.
The EU is committed to Iraq for the long-term. More progress is still needed within the area of security. Real dialogue and reconciliation between all groups is necessary.
You have a partner in us. We are talking about a new beginning. Progress is needed with preparations for the elections this autumn and progress is needed with the hydrocarbon law.
More work is also needed with the establishment of the rule of law. The EU is helping you with that through its rule of law programme and rule of law mission, EUJUST LEX. And we have just extended our mission again. To date we have already trained over 1,500 senior judges, prosecutors and prison officials.
Since 2003 the EU has already committed 830 million euro to Iraq in reconstruction and humanitarian support. This comes on top of the substantial contributions from individual Member States.
Our Compact is about commitments on both sides and you know that you have our full commitment. You can count on our support.