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I congratulate Maithripala Sirisena on his election as President of Sri Lanka. The EU looks forward to working with him to further develop its relations with Sri Lanka.

The EU will continue to support Sri Lanka in its development as a prosperous and inclusive democracy for the benefit of all its citizens.

I also wish to pay tribute to the Sri Lankan people and authorities for the overall conduct of the election and the strong voter turnout, which augur well for the democratic process.

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Je félicite M. Maithripala Sirisena à l'occasion de son élection à la présidence du Sri Lanka. L'UE se réjouit à la perspective de travailler avec lui pour développer encore sa relation avec le Sri Lanka.

L'UE continuera d'aider le Sri Lanka à devenir une démocratie prospère et inclusive, pour le bien de tous ses citoyens.

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HR/VP Federica Mogherini began the first week of 2015 by chairing the European Commission Group for External Action, and attending two high level opening ceremonies in Riga; for the Latvian Presidency to the Council of the European Union and for the European Year for Development 2015.

Saudi activist Mr. Raef Badawi was submitted to public lashing today in Jeddah, as part of the sentence condemning him to 10 years of imprisonment and 1000 lashes last September.

Corporal punishment is unacceptable and contrary to human dignity. As we recently commemorated the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments or punishments, the EU reiterates its strong objection to any such treatment or punishment.

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Le militant saoudien Raef Badawi a été soumis à une flagellation publique aujourd'hui à Djeddah, dans le cadre du jugement qui l'a condamné en septembre dernier à 10 ans de prison et à 1000 coups de fouet.

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Fuori nevica e all' Opera di Riga Federica Mogherini assiste insieme a tutta la Commissione Ue al concerto che celebra l' inizio del semestre di presidenza europea della Lettonia. (...)

La Haute Représentante/vice-présidente et chef de l'Agence européenne de défense Mme Federica Mogherini a nommé aujourd'hui M. Jorge Domecq au poste de directeur de l'agence, à l'issue d'un processus de sélection lancé en décembre dernier.

 

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Today, the High Representative / Vice President and Head of the European Defence Agency Federica Mogherini appointed Jorge Domecq as the next EDA Chief Executive, as a result of a selection process which started last December.

 

Jorge Domecq, a senior Spanish diplomat, is the current Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Prior to that, he served as Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of the Philippines. 

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The renewed attacks in North Eastern Nigeria are another expression of terrorism targeting innocent people. They have led to the destruction of at least 16 villages and reportedly killed hundreds of people, displacing thousands.

The Boko Haram insurgency was discussed at the recent EU-Nigeria Ministerial Dialogue. It will also be addressed during the next regional Security Conference to be held in Niamey on 20 January.

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La recrudescence des attentats dans le nord-est du Nigeria est aussi une manifestation du terrorisme frappant des innocents. Ces attentats ont entraîné la destruction d'au moins seize villages, et auraient tué des centaines de personnes et en auraient chassé des milliers d'autres.

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