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Last week Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Equatorial Guinea announced their subscription to the Hague Code of Conduct against ballistic missiles proliferation, hence becoming the 141st and 142nd Subscribing States to the Code respectively.

This is an important step towards the universalisation and effective implementation of the Code of Conduct. All States that have not yet subscribed to the Code of Conduct should follow this example, in particular those possessing ballistic missile capabilities and space launch vehicles.

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Thank you very much for attending this brief encounter. 

I got a mandate from the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union after the tragic events that we have been witnessing in this region since the start of the year to try to look at what we could do in order to increase the stability and the trust among actors in the region, which is very important for us Europeans. Because security and stability [in this region] affects directly our security and stability also. 

L’Union européenne est pleinement engagée en faveur du partenariat transatlantique et accorde une grande importance à tous les efforts déployés pour aider à trouver un règlement pacifique au conflit israélo-palestinien.

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The European Union is fully committed to the transatlantic partnership and values all efforts to help find a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The EU recalls its commitment to a negotiated two-State solution, based on 1967 lines, with equivalent land swaps, as may be agreed between the parties, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition – as set out in the Council Conclusions of July 2014. 

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La décision du gouvernement des États-Unis d’autoriser à nouveau l’utilisation des mines antipersonnel par les forces militaires américaines en dehors de la péninsule coréenne porte atteinte à la norme internationale interdisant les mines antipersonnel.

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The decision by the United States Government to re-authorise the use of anti-personnel mines by US military forces outside of the Korean Peninsula undermines the global norm against anti-personnel mines. A norm that has saved tens of thousands of people in the past twenty years.

The majority of mine victims are children. The conviction that these weapons are incompatible with International Humanitarian Law has led 164 States to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, including all Member States of the European Union.

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