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La décision de rejeter la demande de prolongation du séjour de Massimiliano Latorre en Italie pour traitement médical et de refuser d'accorder à Salvatore Girone la permission de passer la période de Noël chez lui est décevante au vu de l'impossibilité de parvenir au consensus attendu depuis longtemps.

EU response to the crisis 
The challenges facing the Central African Republic (CAR) are so complex and interlinked that only a comprehensive approach focused on security, humanitarian aid, stabilisation and development cooperation will help make a difference.  This is the approach favoured by the European Union (EU).

The events of 15 December 2013 and beyond, which pushed South Sudan into armed conflict only two and a half years after independence, have drastically changed the prospects for the world’s newest country. While we are marking the one-year anniversary of this disastrous conflict, there is little reason for optimism. Despite a year of negotiations under IGAD, the warring parties have failed to conclude any meaningful political agreement while civilians continue to live in a situation of extreme insecurity, which threatens to worsen in the coming weeks. 

The main issue of today's Foreign Affairs Council was Syria.  We started by preparing our discussion yesterday with an extremely good meeting with the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura. I said this morning that you would have more details about the concrete support that the European Union can give to his efforts. First of all you might have seen already the conclusions we adopted through a very a smooth process, as they were already agreed before entering the meeting. This gave some space for a real in-depth political debate amongst all the ministers.

Today is the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of Sombath Somphone in Vientiane, Laos.

Sombath Somphone is a recipient of the Magsaysay prize, a highly-respected member of civil society in Laos and the successful co-organiser of the Asia-Europe People-to-People Forum that took place in Laos in 2012. He has many friends not only in Laos and throughout Asia, but also in Europe.

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Aujourd’hui marque le deuxième anniversaire de la disparition inexpliquée de M. Sombath Somphone à Vientiane, au Laos.

M. Sombath Somphone, auquel a été décerné le prix Magsaysay, est un membre hautement respecté de la société civile au Laos et a co-organisé avec efficacité le forum populaire Asie-Europe (Asia-Europe People-to-People Forum) qui a eu lieu au Laos en 2012. Il compte de nombreux amis non seulement au Laos et dans toute l’Asie, mais aussi en Europe.

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The European Union has responded decisively to the violent repression of anti-government protests in Syria, which began in March 2011. The EU called for an end to the deteriorating situation in Syria and the unacceptable levels of violence, which continue to cause suffering to millions of Syrians and destruction of infrastructure and cultural heritage.

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