Ursula Plassnik

Ursula Plassnik has been quoted 10 times. The two most recent articles where Ursula Plassnik has been quoted are Hamas sees EU aid suspended and EU imposes sanctions on Belarus leadship. Most recently, Ursula Plassnik was quoted as having said, “We remain committed to support the Palestinian people, and we will continue to meet basic human needs of the population, but we will not for the time being continue direct assistance to the new government.”.

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The time is always right for diplomacy. We need patience, a lot of patience and more clarity. This is what we will discuss today with out partners and we need a unified position.

We remain committed to support the Palestinian people, and we will continue to meet basic human needs of the population, but we will not for the time being continue direct assistance to the new government.

The European Council has decided to take restrictive measures against those reponsible for the violations of international electoral standards including President Lukashenko.

We started EU membership talks with Turkey, as you know, on October 3rd, as we did with Croatia. For the moment we are in the technical preparation phase regarding both states. We can probably open the first stage of negotiation during the Austrian EU presidency. The outcome of these negotitations is uncertain. This is written in the negotiation mandate. But the decision we all took last October is a firm decision.

What's important for us, here in Europe? I'd like to underline the objectives of the EU constitutional treaty. First of all, we want to live in peace. And peace is not a matter of course. A few days ago I attended the funeral of President Ibrahim Rugova in Kosovo. For people there, war and armed conflict is still quite a recent experience and still very present in their minds. For many of us in the EU, direct experience of war is something which has already perhaps been pushed into the background. We have to help people in Kosovo to develop a European perspective.

Dead or alive? This is the sort of question to ask a pathologist. We're working on a political process. We're working to lay the basis for the future of the European Union. We're trying to adapt our common rules, as we always have. Of course this requires the same rules for twenty-seven states, for four hundred and fifty million people. Those are legal rules and we have to develop them further. But there's no quick fix solution. Right now, I'm at the listening stage, hearing the wishes and proposals from different sides. But I know very well that there are no easy answers. My goal is the development of a common procedure, in a concrete and precise way, by the end of the Austrian EU presidency and the EU summit in June.

At the moment our objective is for all Balkan states to gain a European perspective, to bring them closer to Europe, to support them on the path to reform. This also applies to Kosovo. A negotiation process on the future of Kosovo is starting now, under the direction of the United Nations.

The European Union needs to do more to be closer to each citizen, to win back their confidence. The EU's self-confidence should be strengthened. So we will put employment, work and growth at the top of the agenda for the EU spring summit. Furthermore, we have to boost science and research, the environment, and support for universities. We also have to work on the most pressing international issues. As a foreign minister, I'm aiming to focus mainly on the Balkans.

The principles are quite clear – non acceptance of violence, the denial of violent means, and an acceptance that peaceful further development for the Israeli-Palestinian issue must be based on a negotiated two states solution.

I have the impression that we are making some progress, not enough yet, but I hope that with additional efforts invested we will be able to achieve the progress that is needed for us.

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