Federica Mogherini was in Luxembourg today to chair the Foreign Affairs Council in the Defence Ministers' format. The meeting's first session focused on Afghanistan, hours after a new deadly attack in central Kabul. Today's attack "shows us how fragile the security situation is in the country," Mogherini commented at the end of the meeting. Protracted violence confirms "the need to continue to work with a lot of energy and attention, in partnership with the Afghan leadership, to stabilise the country," the High Representative added.
A joint op-ed by EU Ambassador Vincent Guérend, Belgian Ambassador Patrick Herman, German Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Thorsten Hutter, British Ambassador Moazzam Malik and Dutch Ambassador Rob Swartbol (published in The Jakarta Post, 18 April 2016)
Les élections présidentielles et gouvernementales de février et avril 2016 se sont déroulées de manière satisfaisante sur le plan technique grâce à l'amélioration progressive des capacités de l'administration électorale, en dépit d'incidents sur l'île d'Ànjoûan. La participation en nombre des Comoriens au scrutin reflète l'ancrage démocratique du pays.
The Presidential and governmental elections held in February and April 2016 were satisfactory from a technical standpoint, thanks to progressive improvements to electoral administration capacities, despite the incidents that took place on the island of Anjouan. The number of Comorians who voted reflects the fact that democracy is firmly established in the country.
For the tenth time, One World, the international documentary film festival on human rights, took place in Brussels from 18th until 27th April. The festival featured 14 movies chosen from the Prague One World Festival, held in March 2016 in Prague and other cities in the Czech Republic.
Let me start by expressing our condolences for the many victims of the earthquake in Ecuador and also in Japan a few days ago. As you know, all our efforts are mobilised to give support to the Ecuadorian authorities in these hours.
Let me also say that today is a sad anniversary, because exactly one year ago more than 800 people died in a drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. The work that the European Union is doing on migration will be at the centre of our meeting today - obviously the external part of our work on migration.