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Ministerial meeting between the European Union, Mercosur, Bolivia and Chile. Joint communique. Athens, 27 March 2003. 7436/03

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Microsoft Word - st07436en03.doc Internet: http://ue.eu.int E-mail: [email protected] 7436/03 (Presse 84) 1 EN Athens, 27 March 2003 7436/03 (Presse 84) MINISTERIAL MEETING BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION, MERCOSUR, BOLIVIA AND CHILE Athens, 27 March 2003 JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ 1. A Ministerial Meeting on political dialogue between the European Union, Mercosur, Bolivia and Chile, under the chairmanship of the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, George A. Papandreou, in his capacity as President-in-Office of the European Union, took place in Athens, on 27 March 2003. The Mercosur delegation was led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, José Antonio Moreno Ruffinelli, in his capacity of representative of Mercosur Pro Tempore presidency. The Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maria Soledad Alvear, and the Bolivian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Saavedra Bruno, represented their countries. Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council and High Representative for the CFSP of the EU, and the European Commission, represented by Pascal Lamy, Commissioner for Trade, also participated in this meeting. 2. Ministers underlined the fact that political dialogue between the two regions was promoted and strengthened through their adherence to the principles of representative democracy, political pluralism and the respect of Human Rights. They reaffirmed that the fight against poverty, especially the elimination of extreme poverty, constituted a common and shared goal that should be pursued by their governments and societies. In this regard, Ministers supported all efforts that aim at eradicating hunger in the world. Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen democratic institutions and nurture the process of modernisation in their societies taking into account the importance of sustainable development, poverty eradication, cultural diversity, jus

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