Wien, 13. December 2005 Press release

Plassnik: “Peace policy in practice”

13.12.2005

Austria provides technical knowledge and experts

Vienna, 13 December 2005 - "The dispatch of five Austrian experts to participate in EU missions is a concrete example of Austria’s foreign and peace policy," said Foreign Minister Plassnik today after the meeting of the Main Committee, whose agenda included the Austrian secondments to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Sudan and the Palestinian Territories.

"On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Austria’s membership of the UN and shortly before the beginning of Austria’s EU Presidency it is of particular importance to turn attention to Austria’s commitment to peace and stability in the world. We demonstrate our willingness to take on responsibility in the world in many specific ways. Austria is regarded as a dependable and respected partner and makes a contribution to the building of stability and peace in many crisis regions of the world. The international community acknowledges and appreciates us for this," said Plassnik.

The Foreign Minister pointed out that four ministries of the Austrian Federal Government provide experts for missions. "Building stability and the rule of law involves many different civil and military measures. I should therefore like to thank the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Justice for providing experts for international missions. In doing so, Austria is making available expertise and specialists in the fields of law, policing and customs and border checks," continued Plassnik.

Plassnik emphasised that Austria’s peace commitment is based on the broad consent of all factions represented in the National Council. "All four parties represented in the National Council support Austria’s specific contribution to peace and stability, be it in south-eastern Europe, the Middle East or other crisis regions of the world. I regard the unanimity achieved as an expression of cross-party consent to Austria’s peace work in the world," concluded Plassnik.

Contact for further enquiries:
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Press Department
From Austria: 050 1150-3262, 4549, 4550
From abroad: ++43 50 1150-3262, 4549, 4550
Fax: 050 1159 213 or ++43 50 1159 213
abti3(at)bmaa.gv.at