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.
The announcement by the FARC yesterday of an indefinite unilateral ceasefire is a welcome development. Its effective implementation will contribute to the momentum of the Havana negotiations and help build trust between parties and with the Colombian people. We hope the negotiators will now press ahead to reach an early comprehensive agreement, which would open the way to a full armistice.
This day is a strong reminder of the responsibility we carry towards those who chose to face the challenges of up-rooting – often in the face of conflict and poverty – and struggling for survival in the hope of building up a new life elsewhere.
Migration is a multifaceted phenomenon. We must address the root causes of migration, such as economic and political instability, human rights abuses, insecurity, unemployment, humanitarian crises or natural disasters.
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.
I was pleased to meet today Kosovo's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hashim Thaçi for the first time in my new capacity.
We had the opportunity to exchange views on Kosovo's progress. We agreed that, now that there is a new government in Pristina, work should resume at an intensified pace in the EU reform agenda so that good progress can be made in the next year, both in its internal development and in its EU path.
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).