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Ms Mara Marinaki, EEAS Principal Advisor on Gender and the implementation of UNSCR 1325 delivered a Statement on behalf of the European Union and its member states, at the United Nations Security Council Open debate on Women, peace and security on 13 October 2015 in New York:

Mr. President,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In the year since the formation of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL we have made progress on our campaign to degrade and defeat this unprecedented terrorist scourge. As we have acknowledged from the beginning, this will be a long-term campaign. But the situation one year ago was dire: ISIL, also known by its Arabic acronym Da’esh, had advanced across Iraq and was threatening Erbil, Kirkuk and Baghdad. Additional attacks against the Yezidi people appeared imminent.


Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council, chaired by High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, focused on the top priorities of the international agenda, in particular migration, ahead of this Thursday’s European Council, as well as on Libya and Syria.

High Representative Federica Mogherini received today an Iranian delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Mr. Hossein Amirabdollahian. After the historic Agreement on the Iranian Nuclear Programme reached last July in Vienna, there is potential for deeper relations between Iran and the EU. The High Representative brought some pressing regional issues to the table.


Check against delivery

Today on the agenda there are only a few points, but crucial ones. We will start obviously with an issue that is not on the agenda: the attacks that occurred in Ankara few days ago. It is very clear that the European Union and Turkey share now more than ever a common agenda when it comes to security and stability of the region, but also peace in the region - which is a word that we don't use anymore but we should put on the agenda again very strongly. 

L'Union européenne a suivi de près l'élection présidentielle du 11 octobre 2015 en Biélorussie, y compris la phase préélectorale et la période de campagne. 
Il est important de noter que le jour de scrutin s'est déroulé dans le calme.



The European Union has followed closely the presidential elections of 11 October 2015 in the Republic of Belarus, including the pre-electoral phase and the campaigning period. 

It is important that the election day was held in a peaceful environment.


L'Union européenne prend acte de la démission du Président de la Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI) de la République Démocratique du Congo, l'abbé Malu-Malu, acceptée par le Président de la République, samedi 10 octobre 2015. 

Le travail du président de la CENI a permis d'asseoir la crédibilité et l'indépendance de cette institution chargée de garantir la neutralité et l’impartialité dans l’organisation d’élections libres, démocratiques et transparentes.