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I would like to thank first of all Javier Solana and Catherine Ashton that have invested a lot in this process. We have built on their legacy, and if we are here to celebrate an historical event, it is thanks to their vision and their dedication.
But our gratitude goes first to all those, in the EEAS and in all the European institutions, who have been working behind the scenes for years, tirelessly and with impressive dedication, keeping the dream alive even in the most difficult moments - and there have been many. It is their competence, their skills, their creativity, and their patience, that made the EU a strong, credible and respected facilitator in this crucial process.
With courage, the international community has made an historical step towards peace. With pride, I can say the European Union has made it possible.