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Despite the repeated calls to restraint, the security situation continues to deteriorate in the southeast of Turkey.

The Turkish authorities are faced with difficult challenges, due to the threat posed by PKK and by other terrorist groups at its borders. But it is crucial to keep the response contained and avoid effects on local population. We expect all parties to act proportionately and demonstrate restraint.


Ambassador-Designate Marcus Cornaro met with Director-General of the Department of Higher Education and Training Mr. Gwebinkundla Qonde

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Thank you very much Prime Minister (Massimov), Minister (Idrissov). Thank you first of all for having invited me and hosted me today in Astana for two things that to me are extremely important.

One is the very intense and fruitful day of meetings we have had with all our friends and colleagues from the other Central Asian republics to work concretely on our joint regional cooperation.

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Thank you very much. We had a very good meeting this afternoon with our Central Asian partners, and I would like to thank my friend, Foreign Minister Idrissov, for generous hospitality.

Today in Astana, the European Union and Kazakhstan signed an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
The Agreement was signed by Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, and by Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 


Held on 21 December in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan

L'accord a été signé par Mme Federica Mogherini, haute représentante pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité et vice-présidente de la Commission, et M. Erlan Idrissov, ministre des affaires étrangères de la République du Kazakhstan. 
«Le Kazakhstan est le premier de nos partenaires d'Asie centrale à conclure un accord de nouvelle génération avec l'UE», a déclaré Mme Mogherini. Et d'ajouter: «Ce nouvel accord renforcera considérablement les liens économiques et politiques entre l'UE et le Kazakhstan.»


In response to an invitation from the Ugandan authorities, the European Union will deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Uganda to observe the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections which are scheduled for 18 February. This will be the third time that the European Union observes elections in Uganda – previous missions took place in 2006 and 2011 - which reflects the EU's sustained commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country. 


À l'invitation des autorités ougandaises, l'Union européenne déploiera une mission d'observation électorale (MOE) en Ouganda, pour y suivre le déroulement des élections présidentielles et législatives, ainsi que celles des conseils locaux, dont la tenue est prévue le 18 février. Ce sera la troisième fois que l'Union européenne observera le déroulement d'élections en Ouganda   elle en a déjà suivi en 2006 et en 2011  , ce qui témoigne de sa détermination à soutenir, dans la durée, la tenue d'élections crédibles, transparentes et ouvertes à tous dans le pays.