Irish official: Deal with Libya, Yemen strife to fight terror

Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan spoke during a monthly meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers on Monday. | Ireland Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Charles Flanagan, Ireland's minister for foreign affairs and trade, spoke on Monday about the Ukraine showdown and terrorism issues at a monthly meeting of European Union foreign ministers.

Topics during the meeting included the situation in the Ukraine, the ongoing struggles in Yemen and Libya, and the European Union's fight against international terrorism. Flanagan said the crisis in the Ukraine should be handled politically.

"I continue to believe that the Minsk agreement provides the basis for a solution to the crisis, but a sustainable cease-fire is a key step to making progress,” Flanagan said. “Dialogue with Russia and others remains crucial in the pursuit of a settlement that fully respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Flanagan said the ministers agreed to help “reinforce” dialogue with Russia by freezing assets and banning travel by 19 individuals and nine entities that are involved in the struggle.

Flanagan said the terrorist attack against a satirical newspaper in Paris caused the European Union to look at ways that it can combat international terrorism.

“As part of our efforts, we agreed that we should redouble our efforts to address underlying factors, in particular the ongoing conflicts in Europe's southern neighborhood,” Flanagan said.

The crisis in Libya “remains extremely volatile,” Flanagan said, but he did express hope that talks brokered by the United Nations would bring about participation from all groups.

“We also discussed the fragile situation in Yemen, where I joined with my EU colleagues in expressing deep concern for the developing humanitarian, economic and security crisis in the country and our commitment to continue supporting Yemen in its political transition,” Flanagan said.

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