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EU response to the crisis 
The challenges facing the Central African Republic (CAR) are so complex and interlinked that only a comprehensive approach focused on security, humanitarian aid, stabilisation and development cooperation will help make a difference.  This is the approach favoured by the European Union (EU).

The attack today on a military school in Peshawar leaves all of us in shock. When innocents are killed, when children are targeted in their place of study, it is an attack not only on universally recognised values and rights but also on the future of the country, on all our futures. 

I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and my support to the people and the authorities of Pakistan on this tragic day.

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The events of 15 December 2013 and beyond, which pushed South Sudan into armed conflict only two and a half years after independence, have drastically changed the prospects for the world’s newest country. While we are marking the one-year anniversary of this disastrous conflict, there is little reason for optimism. Despite a year of negotiations under IGAD, the warring parties have failed to conclude any meaningful political agreement while civilians continue to live in a situation of extreme insecurity, which threatens to worsen in the coming weeks. 

The main issue of today's Foreign Affairs Council was Syria.  We started by preparing our discussion yesterday with an extremely good meeting with the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura. I said this morning that you would have more details about the concrete support that the European Union can give to his efforts. First of all you might have seen already the conclusions we adopted through a very a smooth process, as they were already agreed before entering the meeting. This gave some space for a real in-depth political debate amongst all the ministers.

Today is the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of Sombath Somphone in Vientiane, Laos.

Sombath Somphone is a recipient of the Magsaysay prize, a highly-respected member of civil society in Laos and the successful co-organiser of the Asia-Europe People-to-People Forum that took place in Laos in 2012. He has many friends not only in Laos and throughout Asia, but also in Europe.

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Nairobi, 12 December 2014 – One year ago, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 rebel group signed two Declarations in Nairobi, Kenya, which concluded a year-long peace process held in Kampala under the auspices of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and his facilitator Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga.

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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, issued the following statement today:

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"This was the first time for me to chair the FAC council in the format of Development Council.  The EU is a key player in development. Development is a key instrument in prevention of crisis and conflict.  It is also a promoter of human rights and democracy and a tool to support post conflict reconstruction. The upcoming report by EU coordinator and Commissioner for Humanitarian aid Stylianides on Ebola has been discussed by Ministers today and will be transmitted to the European Council.

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