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The Council today extended restrictive measures by the EU addressing the use and proliferation of chemical weapons until 16 October 2020. These sanctions, which consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for persons, as well as an asset freeze for entities, currently apply to nine persons - five linked to the Syrian regime and four involved in the Salisbury attack - and one organisation, the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), the Syrian regime's principal entity for the development of chemical weapons.

3-2019 Call for Contributions for the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia) - Deadline for applications: 25 October 2019 at 17:00 hours (Brussels time) - Late applications will not be accepted.

2-2019 Extraordinary Call for Contributions for the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia) - Deadline for applications Thursday 24 October 2019 at 17:00 (Brussels time)- Late applications will not be accepted.

Today's firing of a reportedly ballistic missile at sea is yet another provocative action by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). It undermines the efforts by the international community to build trust, enhance security and nurture a sustained peace process on the Korean peninsula.

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On 25 September, in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the High Representative of the Union and Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, took part in a high-level meeting dedicated to the Sahel and Mali.

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Statement by the Spokesperson on the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Georgia and Russia

2-2019 Call for Contributions for the European Union Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) - Deadline for Applications: NEW DEADLINE Friday 25 October 2019 at 17:00 hours (Brussels time) - Late applications will not be accepted.

Today, Major General Antonio Planells Palau was appointed Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta, starting on 1 October 2019. He takes command from Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave. Major General Antonio Planells Palau is currently Commandant General of the Spanish Marine Corps and has been serving in the Spanish Navy for more than 41 years.

On the International Day of Peace, the European Union reaffirms its commitment to peace and security, to human rights and sustainable development for all, to international cooperation and to the rules-based international order with the United Nations at its core. Sustainable peace has always been and will remain at the centre of the European Union's external action, as restated in the Global Strategy.

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