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On 14 October 2020, the European Union and Cuba held the second sessions of their political dialogues on illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and other conventional weapons, as well as on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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The Sixth European Union-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue was held on 14 October 2020.

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17/10/2020 - HR/VP blog - In times of crisis, we logically tend to focus on our own difficulties. Coming back from Africa, I would like to emphasise how much COVID-19 is reshaping the entire world economy. Let’s have a look around the globe to assess how the pandemic is changing the balance of wealth and power.

Today the Council appointed new Heads of Mission for the European Union Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) and the European Union Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point (EUBAM Rafah).

On 13 October, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell spoke to the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov. They discussed the situations in Nagorno-Karabakh and Belarus, as well as the latest developments regarding the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and EU-Russia relations more broadly.

Senior officials from the European Union (EU) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) met virtually today to advance their strategic partnership.

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The European Union takes note of the invalidation of the results of the 6 October Parliamentary elections by the Election Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic. The EU also notes the concerns raised by Kyrgyz citizens and the international community about possible procedural flaws during the designation of the new Prime Minister. These concerns should be clarified.

The EU expresses its grave concern over the decision to proceed with the “opening” as of 8 October 2020 of part of the fenced area of Varosha, following the announcement made in Ankara on 6 October 2020.

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The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of controlling the risks that they face. Good disaster risk governance can be measured in lives saved, reduced numbers of disaster-affected people and reduced economic losses. Both COVID-19 and the climate emergency are telling us that we need a clear vision and action based on scientific evidence for the public good.

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