The adoption, in the UNGA 3rd Committee yesterday, of the resolution "Moratorium on the use of death penalty" is a landmark step. The record number of 114 votes in favour confirms the steadfast abolitionist trend worldwide and is an encouragement to continue with our efforts to wipe out this inhumane punishment.
I hope that this strong positive result will be confirmed and even improved in December's General Assembly vote, and I call on all states who have not yet done so, to join this big group of supporters.
High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini today – for the first time in her new role and as the first High Representative – attended the Foreign Affairs Council in trade formation in line with her commitment to be fully engaged in the coordination of all EU policies that have an impact on external action.
"Deadly attacks on innocent villagers have become daily routine in north eastern Nigeria. It is appalling to see that Azaya Kura in Borno state has been targeted already for the second time this year. In the latest attack at least 45 people were killed and more than 50 injured. We express our condolences to the families of those killed and our sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.
The release of Rosa Tuletaeva, labour rights activist in Kazakhstan who was imprisoned following the Zhanaozen events of 2011, is a positive step undertaken by Kazakhstan's authorities. The European Union and Kazakhstan held constructive Human Rights Dialogue last week; we also welcome very significant steps taken by Kazakhstan over the past year in developing a National Preventive Mechanism for the monitoring of places of detention.
Negotiations between the E3/EU+3 and Iran have now entered a decisive phase in Vienna. I hope that they will succeed in achieving a long-term and comprehensive diplomatic solution which will address international concerns as regards the Iranian nuclear issue and I thank Catherine Ashton for her dedication to this difficult negotiation.
This is the time for Iran to take the strategic decision to open the way for a historic and final settlement of the nuclear issue which would also mark the beginning of a new chapter in relations between Iran and the international community.
On 18 November HR/VP Mogherini discussed foreign policy issues with H.E. David Choquehuanca Cespedes, the Minister for External Affairs of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. The meeting was part of a series of high-level meetings Minister Choquehuanca held at the EU institutions. Both welcomed the warm bilateral relations between the EU and Bolivia.
The European Union and Uzbekistan held the eighth round of their Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels on 18 November 2014, as part of the 11th meeting of the Subcommittee on Justice and Home Affairs, Human Rights and related issues. The Uzbek delegation was led by Mr Nigmatilla Yuldashev, Minister for Justice, who was accompanied by Mr Akmal Saidov, Director of the National Centre for Human Rights, and other senior officials. The EU delegation was led by Mr Silvio Gonzato, Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the European External Action Service.
I was pleased to meet today Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić for the first time in my new capacity.
During our discussions we exchanged views on progress in the EU facilitated dialogue and implementation of agreements. I hope to see the high-level dialogue resume soon, but the EU expects Belgrade and Pristina to continue working on implementation in the meantime.