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We talked and we will talk about migration, but let me start with something that today gives us a smile at least.  Finally.
The agreement in Skhirat, the Libyan political agreement was just signed. That is good news. So let me start with that which is also linked to migration, to counter-terrorism, with all the things we have on the agenda.

The determination and courage of the people of the Central African Republic, who turned out to vote in the constitutional referendum held on 13 and 14 December 2015 having registered to do so in such large numbers, deserves special mention. By voting, the people of the Central African Republic have shown their determination to move on from the era of transition and pave the way for a democratic future.


La détermination et le courage du peuple centrafricain à se rendre aux urnes à l'occasion du référendum constitutionnel des 13 et 14 décembre 2015, après s'être massivement inscrit sur les listes électorales, doivent être soulignés. Par leur vote, les Centrafricains témoignent de leur volonté de tourner la page de la transition et de bâtir les fondations d'un avenir démocratique. 


The provisional agreement on victims-related issues unveiled yesterday in Havana brings Colombia one important step closer to peace.

Victims are now at the centre of a peace process. Together with truth and justice, the agreement includes the principles of reparation and non-repetition. These are essential to build a lasting peace in Colombia.

Nigeria is once again the target of violence. Over the last days, clashes in the northern city of Zaria have left more than 60 victims and many wounded. Our thoughts and condolences go to those who lost loved ones. 

We expect all local religious, political and community leaders to exercise restraint and respect human rights. We look forward to a thorough investigation by the Nigerian authorities of the incident to be urgently launched in order to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.  

High Representative/Vice President (HRVP) Federica Mogherini today met senior representatives of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of the Saudi blogger and human rights defender Raif Badawi, has accepted the Sakharov prize for Freedom of Thought on behalf of her husband.

Le Nigeria est de nouveau la cible d’actes de violence. Les affrontements observés ces derniers jours dans la ville de Zaria, dans le nord du pays, ont fait plus de 60 victimes et de nombreux blessés. Nos pensées et nos condoléances vont à celles et ceux qui ont perdu des êtres chers.