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After more than a year of conflict and protracted negotiations, it is high time for the leaders on both sides to start putting the interest of their people first and work genuinely towards peace and prosperity.
 
The forthcoming African Union and IGAD summits will be crucial to make effective preparations for the formation of a Government of National Unity. This is the only way to avert an escalation of violence and further regionalisation of the conflict.
 

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Time is running out in Eastern Ukraine where the escalation of fighting has caused far too many civilian as well as military casualties.

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The week started with the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini chairing the Foreign Affairs Council. It focused on fighting global terrorism and on relations with Russia. It was agreed that security cooperation and cultural communication are key to fighting terrorism.

Last night's resignation of the President of Yemen as well as the Yemeni Prime Minister and his Cabinet, coupled with the violence that we have witnessed in Sana'a and in several provinces of Yemen, including in Mareb, is putting the remarkable promises of the Yemeni transition in jeopardy.

On her first trip overseas, Federica Mogherini visited Washington to discuss key areas of cooperation on global issues and current high priorities as well as the future of the transatlantic partnership.

HIGH REPRESENTATIVE MOGHERINI: Thank you, John. You’ve said it all. As my first trip as a minister was to Washington, my first trip, my visit as a high representative for the European Union outside of our immediate region is in Washington. In think that’s natural and that is exactly because we work every day on common challenges in a very united and common way.

In response to an invitation by the Nigerian authorities, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to observe the Presidential, Parliamentary and then Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections in Nigeria. These are scheduled on 14 and 28 February respectively.

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The Team of International Envoys for the Great Lakes region express their deep concern about recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They further express their deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

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The transfer of Dominic Ongwen, an alleged brigade commander of the Lord's Resistance Army, to The Hague for trial is a significant achievement for international justice. Mr Ongwen has been transferred pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. 

The EU congratulates all those who made this transfer possible. Their efforts in this respect are helping bring justice for the thousands of victims of the LRA, and among them many children.

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