In response to an invitation by President of Guyana David Granger, the European Union has decided to deploy an EU Election Observation Mission to observe the General and Regional elections scheduled for 2 March 2020. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, has appointedUrmas Paet, Member of the European Parliament as Chief Observer.
The European Union takes note of the order of the International Court of Justice on the request for the indication of provisional measures in the case brought by The Gambia against Myanmar for violating its obligations under the Genocide Convention. The Gambia submitted the lawsuit on behalf of the Organisation of the Islamic States (OIC). The parties, and notably Myanmar must now fully implement the provisional measures of the Court’s order, which will be given to the United Nations Security Council. The implementation of the provisional measures is compulsory under international law.
Airstrikes by the Syrian regime and its backers in north west Syria have killed at least 35 people, many of them civilians, women and children in the last few days. Yet another ceasefire has been flouted. More than 350,000 civilians have been displaced over the last month alone.
The renewal of the offensive in Idlib, including repeated airstrikes and shelling targeting civilians are unacceptable and must cease. The EU will keep the sanctions against the Assad regime under review as long as these brutal attacks continue.
Today, High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell met with Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly of Venezuela. They discussed the further aggravation of the situation in Venezuela.
They referred to the ongoing acts by the Government against the democratic functioning of the National Assembly and its members. They both underlined the urgent need for a concerted approach both amongst the actors in Venezuela and within the international community for a meaningful political process.
The announcement of the formation of the new Government in Lebanon is an essential step towards ensuring that the country can address the multiple crises affecting it.
The incoming Lebanese Government must swiftly tackle the acute economic challenges and enact structural reforms to respond to the needs and expectations of the Lebanese people. Appropriate protection must be guaranteed to more vulnerable groups of the society.