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21 декабря в Астане состоялась министерская встреча ЕС – Центральная Азия при участии министров иностранных дел Республики Казахстан, Кыргызской Республики, Республики Узбекистан, заместителей министров иностранных дел Республики Таджикистан, Туркменистана и Верховного представителя Европейского Союза / Вице-президента Европейской комиссии.

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Thank you very much Prime Minister (Massimov), Minister (Idrissov). Thank you first of all for having invited me and hosted me today in Astana for two things that to me are extremely important.

One is the very intense and fruitful day of meetings we have had with all our friends and colleagues from the other Central Asian republics to work concretely on our joint regional cooperation.

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Thank you very much. We had a very good meeting this afternoon with our Central Asian partners, and I would like to thank my friend, Foreign Minister Idrissov, for generous hospitality.

Today in Astana, the European Union and Kazakhstan signed an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
The Agreement was signed by Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, and by Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 


L'accord a été signé par Mme Federica Mogherini, haute représentante pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité et vice-présidente de la Commission, et M. Erlan Idrissov, ministre des affaires étrangères de la République du Kazakhstan. 
«Le Kazakhstan est le premier de nos partenaires d'Asie centrale à conclure un accord de nouvelle génération avec l'UE», a déclaré Mme Mogherini. Et d'ajouter: «Ce nouvel accord renforcera considérablement les liens économiques et politiques entre l'UE et le Kazakhstan.»


In response to an invitation from the Ugandan authorities, the European Union will deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Uganda to observe the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections which are scheduled for 18 February. This will be the third time that the European Union observes elections in Uganda – previous missions took place in 2006 and 2011 - which reflects the EU's sustained commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country. 


With the conclusions of the 565th meeting of African Union Peace and Security Council authorising the deployment of an African Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi, the African Union shows strong leadership in the efforts to stop the violence in Burundi, to protect civilians and to pave the way for a political solution.

The government and all other actors in Burundi must work now with the African Union to achieve this goal.


Par les conclusions de la 565e réunion du Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine, qui autorisent le déploiement d’une mission africaine de prévention et de protection au Burundi, l’Union africaine se montre fermement déterminée à prendre la tête des efforts visant à mettre un terme aux violences au Burundi, à protéger les populations civiles et à ouvrir la voie à une solution politique.

Le gouvernement ainsi que tous les autres acteurs du Burundi doivent à présent coopérer avec l’Union africaine pour atteindre cet objectif.