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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 96/5

MINUTES OF THE SITTING OF TUESDAY, 28 OCTOBER 1997

(98/C 96/02)

IN THE CHAIR: Sir John KAPUTIN and Lord PLUMB


Co-Presidents

(The sitting opened at 9 a.m.)

1. Decision, on the basis of Bureau proposals, on action Resolution AP/2238 by Mr Carnero González and Mr
to be taken on individual motions for resolutions Pettinari, on Morocco and the Western Sahara, was
declared inadmissible.
On a proposal from the Bureau, it was decided that The proposals by the Bureau on action to be taken on
individual motions for resolutions to be put to the individual motions for resolutions were adopted.
vote would be categorized under the following seven
headings:
2. Statement by Commissioner Pinheiro
1. Measures to reduce economic instability and its
impact on ACP States Commissioner Pinheiro presented his statement to the
AP/2210 Joint Assembly.

The following spoke: Aelvoet, the Representative of


2. Peace management and conflict resolution, including Senegal, Kinnock, the Representative of Dominica,
measures to ban anti-personnel landmines, mine clear- McGowan, the Representative of South Africa,
ance, and assistance to mine victims Sandbæk, the representative of the African NGOs,
AP/2201, AP/2212, AP/2231, AP/2233, AP/2242, Lannoye, the Representative of Mauritius, Souchet, the
AP/2243, AP/2252 Representative of Nigeria, Vecchi and the Representative
of Benin.
3. WTO decisions/trade regime, and their implications, The Commissioner replied to each speaker.
especially in relation to preferences, including bananas
AP/2211, AP/2220, AP/2239, AP/2251
3. Working Group on Regional Cooperation in the
ACP Countries
4. Article 5 of Lomé IV — its implementation, support
for human rights, democratic principles and good [Chairman: Mr Wetangula (Kenya); Rapporteur:
governance Mr Corrie]
AP/2207, AP/2209, AP/2223, AP/2254, AP/2258 — Statement on progress

5. Population policy, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS The chairman of the working group, Mr Wetangula
(including African Regional Conference on AIDS — (Kenya), sent apologies for his unavoidable absence.
December 1997)
Mr Corrie, rapporteur, presented a statement on pro-
AP/2213, AP/2227, AP/2237 gress in the working group.

6. The implementation of the Rio Earth Summit five The following spoke: Ghilardotti and the Representa-
years after its conclusion — including measures to tives of Ghana, Dominica, Burkina Faso, Chad, Surina-
anticipate and combat drought me and Eritrea.
AP/2215, AP/2224, AP/2225, AP/2229, AP/2245, Mr Corrie, rapporteur, replied to the debate.
AP/2249

7. Situation in individual countries or regions 4. Working Group on Climate Change and Small
Island States
AP/2203, AP/2218, AP/2228, AP/2240, AP/2253, [Chairman: Mrs Baldi; Rapporteur: Mrs Persad-
AP/2204, AP/2222, AP/2234, AP/2241, AP/2247, Bissessar (Trinidad and Tobago)]
AP/2259, AP/2261, AP/2205, AP/2232, AP/2257,
AP/2206, AP/2219, AP/2260, AP/2208, AP/2221, — Statement on progress
AP/2244, AP/2248, AP/2250, AP/2202, AP/2214,
AP/2217, AP/2230, AP/2256, AP/2216, AP/2246, The rapporteur of the working group, Mrs Persad-
AP/2226, AP/2235, AP/2236, AP/2255 Bissessar, sent apologies for her unavoidable absence.
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The chairman of the working group, Mrs Baldi, present- • Mrs Aelvoet and Mr Lannoye on ACP identity
ed the report of the working group. The following
spoke: Kuhn, the Representative of Fiji, Macartney, the • Mrs Aelvoet and Mr Lannoye on the ACP position on
Representative of Benin, Gillis, the Representatives of the future of Lomé
Mauritius, Swaziland and Dominica, and Theodorakis,
for the Commission. Questions to the EU Council

Mrs Baldi, chairman, replied to the debate. 18 questions were put to the EU Council by the following
members:
(The sitting adjourned at 12.40 p.m. and resumed at
3.10 p.m.) • Mrs van Putten on the consistency of European policy
• Mrs Aelvoet and Mr Lannoye on the coordination
IN THE CHAIR: Sir John KAPUTIN and Lord PLUMB and coherence of EU policy
Co-Presidents • Mrs Kinnock on human rights
• Suriname and Guyana on the implementation of the
reduced levy on ACP rice
5. Substitutes
• Mr Aldo and Mr Girão Pereira on the WTO decisions
on the COM in bananas
Lord Plumb, Co-President, announced the following
substitutes: • Mr Bertens, Mr Fassa, Mrs André-Léonard on the
South Africa negotiations
Mrs Larive (for Mrs Neyts-Uyttebroeck)
• Mrs Kinnock on South Africa
Mr Wiebenga (for Mr Nordmann)
• Mr Bertens, Mrs André-Léonard and Mr Fassa on
Mrs Schörling (for Mr Telkämper) Equatorial Guinea
Mr Hory (for Mr Castagnède) • Ghana on the euro
Mr Scarbonchi (for Mrs Kokkola) • Ghana on the World Trade Organization
Mr Bébéar (for Mrs Mouskouri)
• Mrs Aelvoet and Mr Lannoye on the World Trade
Mr Colom I Naval (for Mrs Sauquillo Pérez del Arco) Organization
Mr Happart (for Mr Dury) • Mrs Aelvoet and Mr Lannoye on debt
Mr Rocard (for Mrs Darras) • Mrs André-Léonard, Mr Bertens and Mr Fassa on the
Mr Fabre-Aubrespy (for Mr Andrews) status of the EU cooperation with Togo
Mr Nathan Shamuyarira, President-in-Office of the
6. Statement by Mr Nathan Shamuyarira, Minister of ACP Council, and Mr Georges Wohlfart, President-in-
Industry and Commerce of Zimbabwe, President-in- Office of the EU Council, replied to the questions.
Office, ACP Council
The following questions were not answered, the authors
being absent:
The President-in-Office of the ACP Council made a
statement. • Mr Castagnède on a Permanent International Criminal
Court
7. Statement by Mr Georges Wohlfart, Secretary of • Mr Caccavale and Mr Andrews on an International
State for Foreign Affairs, External Trade and Coop- Criminal Court
eration of Luxembourg, President-in-Office, EU • Mr Castagnède on the abolition of the death penalty
Council
• Mr Castagnède on the overseas countries and terri-
The President-in-Office of the EU Council made a tories
statement. • Mr Andrews and Mr Girão Pereira on Angola

8. Question Time IN THE CHAIR: Mr WELDEGIORGIS


Vice-President
Questions to the ACP Council

4 questions were put to the ACP Council by the following Question Time to the Commission
members:
29 questions were put to the Commission by the
• Mr Bertens and others on the ACP Summit following members:
• Mrs Kinnock on the ACP/EU Joint Assembly and • Mrs Aelvoet and Mr Lannoye on future ACP/EU
Lomé V cooperation
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• Mrs Aelvoet and Mr Lannoye on regional cooperation: • Mrs Aelvoet and Mr Lannoye on the Democratic
review Republic of Congo
• Mrs Kinnock on expertise and Lomé V • Mrs André-Léonard, Mr Bertens and Mr Fassa on
Togo
• Mrs Kinnock on gender
• Mr Vecchi on Somalia
• Mr Schiedermeier, Mr Chanterie, Mrs Glase, Mr
Schwaiger and Mr Berend on the GNP of ACP
countries IN THE CHAIR: Mr SOMPARÉ
• Ghana on the euro and the Ecowas monetary union Vice-President
• Mrs André-Léonard, Mr Bertens and Mr Fassa on
budget line B7-6008 (asylum)
Commissioner Pinheiro replied to questions.
• Mrs Sandbæk on the protection of the African elephant
The following questions were not answered, the authors
• Mr Macartney on the fight against TBC being absent:
• Mr Macartney on anti-personnel mines • Mr Castagnède on regional cooperation and the OCT
• Mrs Baldi on anti-personnel mines • Mr Castagnède on abolition of the death penalty
• Mrs Baldi on water resources • Mr Andrews and Mr Girão Pereira on Angola
• Mrs Aelvoet and Mr Lannoye on future ACP-EU
cooperation: commercial regimes IN THE CHAIR: Lord PLUMB
• Mrs Kinnock on future ACP-EU cooperation: com-
mercial regimes Co-President

• Mrs André-Léonard, Mr Bertens and Mr Fassa on


fairness and solidarity in trade 9. Follow-up group on fisheries
• Mrs Kinnock on the World Trade Organization — Statement on progress
• Mr Castagnède and Mr Macartney on the World Mrs Aelvoet gave an account of the work of the working
Trade Organization: bananas group so far. After a point of order by Mr Morris
• Mr Aldo and Mr Girão Pereira on the World Trade the following spoke: Morris, the Representative of
Organization: bananas Mauritania, Cunha, the Representative of Papua New
Guinea, Macartney, Sotutu, representing the Pacific
• Mrs Kinnock on the World Trade Organization: NGOs, Theodorakis, for the Commission, and Aelvoet.
bananas
• Mrs van Putten on imports of OCT rice
10. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of Monday,
• Mr Aldo on refugees in the Great Lakes region 27 October 1997 (AP/2306)
• Mr Castagnède, and Mr Macartney on the Democratic
Republic of Congo The Representative of Dominica pointed out that, in
the English version of the minutes, his country was
• Mr Caccavale and Mr Aldo on the Democratic erroneously referred to as the Dominican Republic.
Republic of Congo Thus corrected, the minutes were approved.

(The sitting closed at 19.15 p.m.)

Sir John KAPUTIN and Lord PLUMB N. P. MAGANDE and J. PRIESTLEY

Co-Presidents Co-Secretaries-General

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