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Today, the Council adopted a framework for restrictive measures in response to Turkey's unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. The framework will make it possible to sanction individuals or entities responsible for or involved in unauthorised drilling activities of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Sudan has embarked on a complex political transition following the transitional agreement of 17 August
2019. This represents a major step towards civilian-led rule with a historic opportunity to achieve peace,
democracy and economic recovery. The European Union supports the consolidation of the political transition in Sudan and is ready to accompany the country on its path to political and economic reforms and to remain a key partner for the transitional authorities, in their quest to make the transition to democracy a success.

In light of the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela with persistent actions undermining democracy, the rule of law and the respect for human rights, the Council today extended the restrictive measures against Venezuela for one year, until 14 November 2020. The measures include an embargo on arms and on equipment for internal repression as well as a travel ban and an asset freeze on 25 listed individuals in official positions who are responsible for human rights violations and/or for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela.

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We will have two days of Council, today with the Foreign Ministers, tomorrow with the Defence Ministers, with a full agenda as usual.

But let me start with two issues that are not on today’s or tomorrow’s agenda. First, we followed yesterday with great concern and we are feeling very close to the Italian authorities and military over the attack in Iraq. We are following developments very closely there.

The decision of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to ease the conditions of detention of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha is a first step in the right direction. However, Kem Sokha remains under court supervision, his case is not closed and he is banned from engaging in any political activities.

საქართველოს სამხრეთ ოსეთის თვითგამოცხადებული რეგიონის ადმინისტრაციული საზღვრის გასწრივ დაძაბულობის ზრდა სრულებით მიუღებელია. ასევე, მიუღებელია სამხრეთ ოსეთის მხრიდან ფაქტობრივად მცდარი განცხადებები უსაფრთხოებასთან დაკავშირებული ქმედებებისა და ადგილზე განვითარებული მოვლენების შესახებ, რაც მხოლოდ ამწვავებს დაძაბულობას.

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In view of the continuing protests in Bolivia the European Union underlines the need for the demonstrations to remain peaceful. Violence must be avoided, as it will not bring a solution to the current crisis.

Such a solution can only be achieved through peaceful negotiations, a credible electoral process that guarantees that the people’s will is respected and strong democratic institutions.

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