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Brussels, 12 November 2014 - The European Union and Kazakhstan held the sixth round of their annual Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels today. The Kazakh delegation was led by Mr Yogan Merkel, First Deputy Prosecutor General, who was accompanied by Mr Vyacheslav Kalyuzhnyy, Director of the National Centre for Human Rights, and other senior officials. The EU delegation was led by Mr Silvio Gonzato, Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the European External Action Service
 

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Following reports of a cease-fire breach on 12 November 2014 along the Line of Contact, in which a military helicopter is reported to have been shot down, it is essential that all sides show restraint and avoid any actions or statements which could escalate the situation. Furthermore, we call for an investigation into this incident.

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Bruxelles, le 12 novembre 2014 - L'Union européenne et le Kazakhstan ont tenu aujourd'hui à Bruxelles la sixième session de leur dialogue consacré aux droits de l'homme. La délégation kazakhe était conduite par M. Yogan Merkel, premier vice-procureur général, qui était accompagné de M. Vyacheslav Kalyuzhnyy, directeur du Centre national des droits de l'homme, et d'autres fonctionnaires de haut rang. La délégation de l'UE était conduite par M. Sivio Gonzato, directeur au Service européen pour l'action extérieure, chargé des droits de l'homme et de la démocratie.

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"Au vu des informations faisant état d'une violation du cessez-le-feu intervenue le 12 novembre 2014 le long de la ligne de contact, violation au cours de laquelle un hélicoptère militaire aurait été abattu, il est essentiel que toutes les parties fassent preuve de retenue et évitent toute action ou déclaration susceptible d'aggraver la situation. Nous demandons en outre que cet incident fasse l'objet d'une enquête.

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The visit which Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić hosted yesterday and today for Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama represents an important step forward in relations between the two countries. We commend both leaders for their political courage in pressing ahead with a visit which was of its very nature both challenging and sensitive. We see this visit as the start of a new phase in relations between the two countries and trust that both leaders will work to build on it, to ensure further positive steps forward.

"The latest act of terror perpetrated by a suicide bomber targeting a Government Senior School in Potiskum, Yobe state, killing at least 47 children and leaving over 79 injured is appalling.

The eighth annual Structured Dialogue meeting between the European Union (EU) and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSARG) took place today (November 11) in Brussels. The Structured Dialogue is an effective high-level platform for the EU and the HKSARG to discuss issues of common interest based on a mutually agreed agenda.

"The series of explosions that went off in the city of Sahatta, yesterday where UNSRSG Bernardino Leon was meeting key Libyan interlocutors are heinous acts and can only prevent Libya from reaching a peaceful settlement to the conflict.

These attacks undermine the dialogue process.  In the interest of the Libyan people, I call upon all parties to refrain from such destructive acts and to participate in the UN led dialogue process.

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"Today, I have appointed Mr. Jean Paul Jacqué as independent expert to review EULEX Kosovo mandate implementation with a focus on the handling of the corruption allegations. Mr. Jacqué is a distinguished law professor with over 40 years of experience. In addition, his tenure as Director at the Council legal services offers him a unique expertise and perspective to review these allegations. I have asked Mr. Jacqué to revert to me within 4 months with his report and his recommendations.

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