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The recent massacres in the region of Beni, the toll of which now exceeds one hundred lives, are further evidence of the extremely tense security situation in North Kivu.

The EU expresses its condolences to the victims' families and calls on the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate fully these  acts of violence and to bring those responsible to justice. 

Acting with the United Nations mission, the Democratic Republic of Congo must do all in its power to protect the civilian population.


Les massacres récents dans la région de Béni dont le bilan s'élève à plus d'une centaine de personnes sont une nouvelle manifestation d'une situation sécuritaire très tendue au Nord-Kivu. 

L'UE présente ses condoléances aux familles des victimes et appelle les autorités de la RDC à faire toute la lumière sur ces exactions et à poursuivre les coupables.  

Conjointement avec la mission des Nations Unies, les autorités de la République Démocratique du Congo doivent tout faire pour protéger les populations civiles.


On Sunday 23 November, the Tunisian people were able to vote freely for their President for the first time. One month after the parliamentary elections, the first round of the presidential election marks a new step in the consolidation of Tunisia's democratic transition.

We reiterate our commitment to support the future authorities and Tunisian society along that path. In a spirit of friendship and trust, we call for the strengthening of all aspects of the privileged partnership between Tunisia and the European Union.


Ce dimanche 23 novembre, le peuple tunisien a pu s'exprimer librement sur le choix du Président pour la première fois. Un mois après les élections législatives, le premier tour de l'élection présidentielle marque une nouvelle étape dans la consolidation de la transition démocratique de la Tunisie.


25 November marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – this year it also kicks off a 16-day campaign against Gender-Based Violence, leading up to Human Rights day on 10 December. A worlwide appeal to "orange our neighbourhoods" will raise awareness and support the fight to end violence against women and girls.

After seven days of intensive talks in Vienna, led by Catherine Ashton, negotiators from the E3/EU+3 and Iran agreed on Monday 24 November to continue diplomatic efforts to find a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

The Russian Federation’s signature today of a so-called “Treaty on Alliance and Strategic Partnership” with Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia is detrimental to ongoing efforts to stabilise the security situation in the region.

Just like earlier agreements signed between the Russian Federation and Abkhazia, this violates Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, contradicts principles of international law and the international commitments of the Russian Federation, including the 12 August 2008 Agreement and its Implementing Measures of 8 September 2008.


La signature, aujourd'hui, par la Fédération de Russie d'un "Traité sur l'alliance et le partenariat stratégique" avec la région séparatiste géorgienne d'Abkhazie nuit aux efforts actuellement déployés pour stabiliser la situation en matière de sécurité dans la région.


Since we agreed to the Joint Plan of Action one year ago in Geneva, we, together with the Foreign Ministers and Political Directors of the E3+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), have been engaged in intensive diplomatic negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive solution.

We once again express our appreciation to the Austrian Government for their most generous support in hosting these negotiations in Vienna.

The presidential elections held peacefully today in Tunisia are a further step in the democratic transition.

The EU fully supports the efforts of the Tunisian people in this regard and has deployed an election observation mission led by Ms Neyts‑Uyttebroek, Member of the European Parliament, who will issue a statement on Tuesday.

It now remains for Tunisians to complete the electoral process with transparency and respect.

The EU stands ready to continue supporting Tunisia in its efforts to achieve stability and economic and social development.