Sumario: 16 March 2009, Brussels - Council of the European Union PRESS RELEASE: 2933rd Council meeting, General Affairs and External Relations, External relations conclusions
Main results of the Council
The Council reiterated its full support to the European perspective of Bosnia and Herzegovina and called upon the local political leaders to engage thoroughly and with stronger determination on the necessary reform agenda in order for the country to make substantial progress on its way towards the European Union. The Council appointed Ambassador Valentin Inzko as EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzgovina and welcomed his appointment as High Representative in BiH.
The Council evaluated the developments in Belarus and decided to extend the suspension of the visa ban on certain Belarussian officials for another 9 months. At the same time it decided to extend the restrictive measures for another 12 months. At the end of the 9-months period, the Council will conduct an in-depth review of the measures, taking into account the situation and developments in Belarus.
The Council adopted conclusions on Afghanistan, underlining that the challenges facing the country and the broader region require a renewed international engagement, and that the EU will play a major role in this.
The Council also adopted conclusion on the successful of operation EUFOR TCHAD/RCA (see General Affairs press release, doc. 7564/09).
CONTENTS: ITEMS DEBATED
WESTERN BALKANS - Council conclusions
SUDAN - Council conclusions
BELARUS - Council conclusions
AFGHANISTAN - Council conclusions
MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
OTHER ITEMS APPROVED
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