EU Foreign Affairs Council on further assistance to Ukraine and accountability for war crimes
Minister Tanja Fajon attended a regular meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The main themes were the Russian aggression against Ukraine, and Tunisia. The event was followed by a joint meeting of foreign and defence ministers on EU assistance to Ukraine and the implementation of the Strategic Compass. The ministers also adopted conclusions on Afghanistan and EU priorities in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
In the debate on Ukraine, Minister Fajon underscored that Slovenia was the first to initiate a debate on the deportations of Ukrainian children and called for the debate to be continued as the number of missing children is increasing day by day. The ministers also discussed the issue with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. “I called on the ministers to strive for the unity of the EU, both in taking action and in adopting political messages regarding Ukraine and the Russian Federation. It gives me pleasure to see that the agreement on grain exports from Ukraine has been renewed and that, thanks to Slovenia's help and solidarity, 25,000 tons of grain have been shipped to Kenya and 5,000 tons to Ethiopia. This is important because almost 330 million people all over the world suffer from hunger, climate change, war and violence,” she pointed out.
The ministers also discussed the deepening socio-economic and political crisis in Tunisia, reflecting in increased migration. They emphasised that Tunisia's stability has a direct impact on the EU, including its economy. “The political situation in Tunisia is difficult. As ministers, we are committed to helping the country, especially to assisting it in its return to a democratic path and ensuring its internal stability, as well as managing migration flows,” said Minster Fajon.
“The Strategic Compass is beginning to show the first results of the EU's unity in supporting Ukraine. However, we need to step up our efforts in fighting disinformation, and in finding allies and partners around the world,” she stressed at the joint meeting of foreign and defence ministers. Minister Fajon and Defence Minister Šarec spoke in favour of further support to Ukraine, including through joint procurement of ammunition in order to meet the most urgent needs of the Ukrainian side, and through the European Peace Facility and the military training mission.
On the margins of the meeting, Minister Fajon participated in the European Humanitarian Forum, where she pointed out: “In the past year, Slovenia has more than doubled its humanitarian assistance for the world's most urgent challenges, from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen and the Sahel to the Horn of Africa. We will strive to increase the amount of humanitarian assistance in the future. We need to ensure a rapid and effective humanitarian response based on emergency relief, prevention and resilience building, as well as post-crisis relief and rehabilitation.” The Forum was organised by the European Commission and the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU.
In a video address at the International Donors' Conference for Türkiye and Syria, held simultaneously with the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Minister Fajon announced additional humanitarian assistance: “After the catastrophic earthquake that struck Türkiye and Syria, Slovenia responded by deploying experts, a team of rescue dogs with their handlers, and material and financial assistance totalling EUR 1.13 million. To meet the additional needs of the two countries, Slovenia will provide half a million euros of additional assistance through the ITF Human Security Foundation, UNICEF and the Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund.”