On 26 May, the Swiss Federal Council took the decision to terminate the negotiations on an Institutional Framework Agreement between the EU and Switzerland. We regret this decision. The conclusion of this Agreement was a priority for the EU. Let me start by putting things in perspective. This may help to better grasp the issue and the challenge ahead of us.
The reports on the bombing of a market place in the village of Edaga Selus near Togoga in the Dogua Tembien District of the Tigray Region on 22 June are extremely worrying. This is yet another attack adding up to the horrific series of International Humanitarian Law and human rights violations, atrocities, ethnic violence, combined with serious allegations of use of starvation and sexual violence as weapons of conflict.
The European Union and the United Nations are natural partners. We are the world’s leading proponents and defenders of a multilateral and rules-based global governance system. Together, we respond to global crises, threats and challenges which cannot be addressed by individual nations acting alone, and require cooperation and coordination based on universal values and rules.