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This week marked 100 days in office for Federica Mogherini. It also saw her chairing a Foreign Affairs Council that focused on counter-terrorism and the unfolding situation in Ukraine. This was also a key issue at the European Council and during the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg. The High Representative also facilitated a dialogue meeting between the Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo, which finalised the agreement on justice and judiciary in ‪‎Kosovo. She also met Palestinian President Mahmoud ‪Abbas and chaired the seventh EU-Lebanon Association Council.

The visit of President Mahmoud Abbas was an opportunity for President Jean-Claude Juncker and myself to re-state EU's support for a two-state solution with an independent, democratic, viable State of Palestine living side-by-side with Israel and its other neighbours in peace and security.

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La visite du président Mahmoud Abbas a été l’occasion pour le président Jean-Claude Juncker et moi‑même de réaffirmer le soutien de l’UE à une solution fondée sur la coexistence de deux États, qui permettrait à un État palestinien indépendant, démocratique et viable d’exister aux côtés d’Israël et de ses autres voisins, dans un climat de paix et de sécurité.

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Federica Mogherini focused her first hundred days in office on Europe's key priorities for foreign and security policy, both at home in Europe and around the globe.

A meeting with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg and the Quartet, participation in the CELAC Summit, and chairing an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council on Ukraine, were amongst the items on Federica Mogherini's agenda last week.

Today's announcements of settlement tenders, if implemented, will further undermine the viability of the two-State solution; they are illegal in international law and constitute an obstacle to peace.

Israel should reverse these decisions, thereby putting an end to settlement expansion.
The decisions risk inflaming the very tense situation on the ground.

All sides need to exercise maximum restraint and avoid taking any decision that could exacerbate tensions.

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Si elles sont suivies d'effet, les annonces faites aujourd'hui du lancement d'appels d'offres pour la construction de nouveaux logements dans les colonies compromettront plus encore la viabilité de la solution fondée sur la coexistence de deux États; ces appels d'offre sont illégaux au regard du droit international et constituent un obstacle à la paix.

Israël devrait revenir sur ces décisions et mettre ainsi un terme à l'extension des colonies.

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The Middle East Quartet Envoys (US, Russia, UN and EU) met on 26th January in Brussels. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini attended the start of the meeting.

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Les envoyés du Quartet pour le Proche-Orient (États-Unis, Russie, Nations unies et UE) se sont réunis le 26 janvier à Bruxelles. La Haute Représentante de l'UE, Federica Mogherini, était présente au début de la réunion.

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The Council of the European Union has decided to appeal today the Judgment of the General Court (in Case T-400/10 - Hamas v. Council) of 17 December 2014. 

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