Foreign Minister Sven Mikser took part in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting today in Brussels, where the EU Global Strategy, developments in North Korea and Libya and the migration issue were discussed. As a noteworthy achievement, Mikser said the foreign ministers reached consensus on North Korea.
The foreign ministers deplored the regime’s first intercontinental ballistic missile test. “We cannot remain onlookers in a situation where someone is violating their international obligations and jeopardising the world’s peace and security,” said Mikser. “The only possible response that will keep North Korea from funding further nuclear weapons tests is to beef up sanctions,” he added. “Estonia has always supported achieving a unified and strong position with regard to the EU’s policy on North Korea and I am glad that the EU’s foreign ministers reached this conclusion as well today,” said Mikser.
On the migration issue, the foreign ministers focused on the situation on the Central Mediterranean migration route. “The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU will keep this topic in the focus and contribute to finding solutions,” said Mikser, noting the Estonian government’s recent decision to make an extraordinary allocation of 1 million euros to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to check the migration flows from Libya to Italy. “Resolving the migrant crisis must start from the hotspots. To halt the flows of migrants coming via Libya, we must concentrate on achieving a political solution in the countries of origin themselves,” he added.
The EU’s foreign ministers also discussed the priorities of the EU’s Global Strategy for next year. “The EU has ambitious plans and it is important to make progress implementing them,” he said. The EU´s Global Strategy has proved to be a good framework that will strengthen EU unity,” said Mikser. “Mikser also met today bilaterally with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, with whom he discussed the approaching high-level meetings in Tallinn and the course of the Estonian Presidency.
Today, Mikser, as representative of the Estonian Presidency, will also chair the EU-Uzbekistan Cooperation Council meeting in Brussels. The Cooperation Council will discuss bilateral relations under the EU-Uzbekistan partnership and cooperation agreement.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Communication Department