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Yesterday's terrorist attacks in the Northern Sinai region of Egypt have resulted in the death of over 29 people, the wounding of many and the destruction of state infrastructure.

These continued attacks undermine Egypt's stability and economic development. The fight against terrorism will remain EU's priority and, together with our partners, we need to jointly tackle this common threat.  

We wish to express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt.

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Les attentats terroristes commis hier dans le nord de la péninsule du Sinaï en Égypte ont coûté la vie à une trentaine de personnes, fait de nombreux blessés et détruit des infrastructures de l'État.

Ces attaques incessantes compromettent la stabilité de l'Égypte et son développement économique. La lutte contre le terrorisme demeure une priorité de l'UE, et nous devons faire face à cette menace commune en concertation avec nos partenaires.

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The execution by the US State of Texas, on 29 January 2015, of Robert Charles Ladd, in spite of the evidence that he was affected by an intellectual disability, is contrary to international human rights law. 

The death penalty is cruel, inhuman and irreversible, and does not serve any deterrent purpose. The European Union is opposed to the use of capital punishment under all circumstances and aims at its universal abolition, seeking a global moratorium on the death penalty as a first step.

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Strategic goals of the EU in its relations with Paraguay (Education, private sector, etc.)

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We had a very fruitful meeting of the Council, that, as you know, I decided to convene after the attacks on Mariupol, on the request of some Member States, in agreement with President Tusk, with President Juncker – to not only assess the situation on the ground that is extremely worrying and negative, but also to decide on our reaction to that. And on the further steps to be taken at the European Union level.

L'Ambassadeur de l'UE Marie-Anne Coninsx et les Chefs de Mission de l'UE ont accueilli l'Honorable Brian Gallant, le Premier ministre du Nouveau-Brunswick, lors d'une réunion à la Délégation de l'UE à Ottawa, le 29 janvier.

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As you know, after the unacceptable attack in Mariupol, I decided to convene this extraordinary Council, also on the request of Members States and in agreement with President Tusk. We have discussed the situation in these days – last time a few hours ago with President Poroshenko. On Sunday I had a conversation with Foreign Minister Lavrov and in these hours I'm in constant contact with Ambassador Tagliavini who, as you know, is working in the trilateral contact group, in these hours in Kyiv, also in view of a possible meeting in Minsk in the coming hours.

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The European Union welcomes the announcement of an agreement by the BiH Presidency on the Written Commitment to undertake reforms in the framework of the EU Accession Process. The text of the Written Commitment presented today, which consolidates input provided also by party leaders, is consistent with the requirements set out in the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of 15 December 2014. The European Union calls on all party leaders to confirm their explicit support to this Written Commitment.

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