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As close friends and partners of Japan, we are very saddened by the devastation and loss of life caused by Typhoon Hagibis. While major rescue operations are still underway, we express our deepest condolences to the friends and families of the victims, and our sympathy to those affected.

Our thoughts are with the first responders working to save lives.

The European Union stands in full solidarity with Japan and is ready to provide any assistance that can be required at this difficult time.

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The Chairman of European Military Committee, Gen. Claudio Graziano, concluded a two-day visit to Serbia, today. On the invitation by Gen. Milan Mojsilovic, Chief of General Staff of Serbian Armed Forces (SAF), General Graziano had the opportunity to meet with political and military authorities and exchange views on several aspects of common interest, particularly in the context of defence and security, and cooperation between EU institutions and Western Balkans countries.

Conjointement financé par l'Union européenne et l’Organisation des Nations
Unies pour l’Afrique centrale (UNOCA), l'atelier d'appui à la Coalition des organisations de la société
civile (OSC) d'Afrique centrale en planification stratégique des activités de prévention et résolution
des conflits, se tiendra à Libreville du 8 au 10 octobre 2019.

Sept mains sur une pierre : Ce geste indique la pose officielle de la 1ère pierre du nouveau complexe de la Compagnie Mobile de Contrôle des Frontières (CMCF). En présence du Ministre délégué à l’Intérieur, Monsieur Alkache ALHADA, ainsi que de la Police Nationale du Niger et des partenaires internationaux, plus de 200 habitants de Birni N’Konni sont venus assister à la cérémonie le 10 octobre 2019 — qui marque un développement essentiel à la sécurité de la région de Tahoua.

The EU welcomes the halting of prosecution by the military courts of Maurice Kamto and supporters of his party, the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, and of individuals arrested and detained in the context of the crisis in the North-West and South-West regions. These decisions are a significant gesture of goodwill.

The Council today took note of a presentation by the High Representative on political developments in Thailand following the March 2019 elections.

Today, the Council adopted a framework for targeted restrictive measures in view of the situation in Nicaragua.
This framework provides for the possibility of imposing targeted and individual sanctions against persons and entities responsible for human rights violations or abuses or for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Nicaragua, as well as persons and entities whose actions, policies or activities otherwise undermine democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua. Sanctions consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for persons, and an asset freeze for entities. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed.

The Council today adopted conclusions on democracy. The conclusions underline that in today's world, democracy is being challenged and called into question. While democracy remains strong in many countries, in others there is a growing trend towards authoritarianism. The Council notes that the challenges to democracy are multi-fold and need to be countered urgently and comprehensively.

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