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14 November, 2000
The Defense Ministers of the Western European Union (WEU) and the Foreign Ministers of the European Union in a joint meeting in Marseilles on Monday signed the dissolution of WEU and its incorporation into the EU.
The ministers also held two separate meetings, with Greek National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos presiding over the meeting of the Western European Armaments Group and French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine presiding over the 15 EU foreign ministers' meeting.
Alternate Foreign Minister Elizabeth Papazoi was also present at the meeting.
Tsohatzopoulos told the press after the joint meeting that WEU's operational capabilities henceforth come under the exclusive responsibility of the EU which in the future will in turn be responsible for the implementation of a defense and security policy for the EU which has already been decided on.
He added that WEU's parliamentary assembly is changing character and ceases to represent or express the operation of WEU. The assembly will function as the parliamentary assembly on European security and defense.
The message, he added, is that implementation of security and defense policy is now the responsibility of the EU.
Source: Athens News Agency