Brussels, 23/12/2015
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STATEMENT

Statement by the Spokesperson on the political situation in Djibouti

The incidents of violence which have occurred in Djibouti over the past few days pose a challenge to the Djibouti authorities. These events must be fully investigated and those responsible prosecuted. The EU extends its condolences to the families of the victims.
 
One year on from the signing of the framework agreement of 30 December 2014 between the government and the opposition, which was actively supported by the EU, the bulk of the agreement still remains to be implemented. This would strengthen civil peace and pave the way for democratic reforms and consolidation of the rule of law, in particular through the establishment of mechanisms to ensure the transparency of the electoral process.
 
The EU calls on all political forces in Djibouti to respect the rule of law, including the right to peaceful protest, and to refrain from violence, especially in view of the forthcoming elections.
 
The EU reaffirms its commitment to work with the government of Djibouti, and with all political forces, civil society and the people of Djibouti, towards the inclusive and sustainable development of the country and the stabilisation of the region.