I stress the need for solving Israeli – Palestine conflict and focuses on migration

I stress the need for solving Israeli – Palestine conflict and focuses on migration

The highlights of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC this week, were addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg and participating in the 4th Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development within Rabat Process’ and Ministerial Meeting of the Khartoum Process. During her opening statement at the EP, Mogherini stressed the urgent need to move forward with finding a negotiated solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict on the basis of two states living side by side in peace and security. “The lack of political perspective is at the same time a consequence, a result and a cause of violence,” she said. Mogherini expressed the readiness of the European Union to play a role in the efforts to find a solution. “We are the first trade partner for Israel and the first donor for the Palestinian Authority; we can be the first political player in the region”. At the EP she also made a statement on the 25th anniversary of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child. This Thursday, Mogherini discussed East and West Migration routes at the 4th Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Developmentwithin Rabat Process’ framework in Rome. “We need to tackle migration both from the angle of security and management of borders, but also from the angle of cooperation with countries of origin and transit. We need to integrate better our vision, information, and actions,” she said during the press conference signalling a positive start for EU-wide policy on migration. Today Mogherini opened the first Ministerial Meeting of the Khartoum Process, a...
Support to Sakharov Prize 2014 winner Denis Mukwege

Support to Sakharov Prize 2014 winner Denis Mukwege

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on Wednesday 26th November met with this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought laureate Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist. “Count on me for working together,” she told him in support. Earlier in the day, Denis Mukwege accepted the 2014 Sakharov Prize and spoke at the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg. “Women’s bodies have become a true battlefield and rape is being used as a weapon of war” said Dr. Mukwege. He called for collective action saying: “Together – politicians, civil society, citizens, men and women – we have to draw a red line against the use of rape as a weapon of war.” Dr. Mukwege has helped thousands of victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of...
HR/VP Mogherini addresses European Parliament

HR/VP Mogherini addresses European Parliament

Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, travelled to Strasbourg this week to address the European Parliament. Mogherini’s first address to the European Parliament’s Plenary in Strasbourg focused on the issue of Palestinian Statehood. Mogherini used her remarks to call on all EU member states to develop a common vision for the path towards peace and to involve all the EU’s partners to achieve a breakthrough in the conflict. Speaking to a crowded room of parliamentarians in Strasbourg she stated: “We can be the first political player in the region to facilitate a dialogue. A dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, but also a dialogue that for the first time really has the chance of being regional.” The High Representative and Vice President also spoke to the Plenary about the rights of the child. “We have done a lot,” Mogherini said, lauding the work by the European Parliament in the field of the rights of the child and human rights more generally. She also stressed the importance of taking this work forward, as children are often the first victims to suffer from conflict, poverty and violence. “We have to take responsibility in external action,” Mogherini said. “The EU has made it a treaty objective to promote the protection of the rights of the child.” The European Parliament convenes in Strasbourg for its monthly plenary session. In the field of external relations the November plenary also addressed issues such as the post 2015 development agenda, the preparation for the Lima climate talks, as well as a discussion of the last G20 meeting...

Statement on the recent massacres in the region of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The recent massacres in the region of Beni, the toll of which now exceeds one hundred lives, are further evidence of the extremely tense security situation in North Kivu. The EU expresses its condolences to the victims’ families and calls on the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate fully these  acts of violence and to bring those responsible to justice. Acting with the United Nations mission, the Democratic Republic of Congo must do all in its power to protect the civilian population. These acts of violence highlight the urgent need for all parties to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework to implement its terms, the fundamental priorities of which are to combat armed groups and impunity. The European Union reiterates its support for the MONUSCO mandate  and strongly condemns the attacks that have targeted the United Nations operation in recent...

Statement on the Parliamentary elections in the Solomon Islands

The peaceful conduct of Parliamentary elections on 19 November 2014 in Solomon Islands was an important milestone that confirms the return to stability and progress achieved in the areas of democratisation, good governance and human rights since the deployment of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in 2003. The turnout was high and the new voter registration process generally accepted. Legislation such as the Political Parties Integrity Act passed by the previous government have improved the transparency and accountability of the country’s democratic system. It is important that the process leading to the designation of the new Prime Minister in the coming period is characterised by the same positive and constructive atmosphere, with full transparency. In this respect the work done by the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission is crucial and we support its efforts to follow up on election-related...