On Sunday 21 December Tunisians marked a milestone in their country's transition to democracy by freely electing their President for the first time.
I should like to congratulate Mr Beji Caid Essebsi on being elected President of Tunisia. The European Union remains committed to working with the new Tunisian authorities, and with all elements of society, to help consolidate the democratic gains envisaged in the new Constitution, and to support the implementation of the reforms needed for an economic and social transition of benefit to all Tunisians.
Joint press conference by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, Ibrahim Al-Jafaari, Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs
HR/VP Federica Mogherini will travel to Baghdad on 22 December where she will be meeting the President of the Republic Fuad Masoum, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al Jaafari. She will also meet with the Speaker of the Council of Representative's (CoR) Ibrahim Al Jabouri. The HR/VP will send a message of solidarity and confirm the EU readiness to deepen the relationship with Iraq.
Today's adoption of the resolution "moratorium on the use of death penalty" by the UN General Assembly is a great and encouraging achievement for the abolitionist cause worldwide. The record number of 117 votes in favour clearly shows that consensus is growing within the international community.
The EU, together with all partners, governmental and non governmental, will spare no efforts and will continue to strive for the abolition of this cruel form of punishment.
"The almost daily deadly attacks on innocent villagers in north eastern Nigeria are unacceptable. At least 32 people have been killed and more than 185 kidnapped including women and children in the latest brutal assault.
We express our condolences to the families of those killed and we call for an immediate release of those abducted, along with the return of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok eight months ago.
The Commission, which I represent here today for this matter is, like you, appalled by the findings of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Programme, part of which was released on 9 December (most of the inquiry remains classified).