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Mogherini announces diplomatic nominations

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini announced the nomination of 24 new Heads of EU Delegations:

Luigi SORECA has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Albania. He is currently serving as Director for Security in DG HOME, European Commission.

Jan SADEK has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Botswana.  He is former Swedish Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti.

Bertrand SORET has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Chad. He is currently serving as Head of the Political, Press and Information Section in the EU Delegation to Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nicolas CHAPUIS has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to China. He is former Ambassador of France to Canada.

Raul MATEUS PAULA has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Congo.  He is currently serving as Head of the EU Delegation to Niger.

Meglena KUNEVA has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe (Strasbourg). She is a former Minister of Education and Science, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria for European Policies and a former EU Commissioner.

Carl HARTZELL has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia. He is currently serving as Senior Foreign Policy Adviser in the Cabinet of the President of the European Council.

Diana ACCONCIA has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Ghana. She is currently serving as Head of Unit for Economic Partnership Agreements and relations with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific in DG TRADE, European Commission.

Josep COLL I CARBO has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Guinea.  He is former Head of EU Delegations to Benin and Cape Verde.

Jobst VON KIRCHMANN has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Cote d’Ivoire. He is currently serving as Head of Unit Southern Africa and Indian Ocean in DG DEVCO, European Commission.

Patricia FLOR has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Japan. She is currently serving as Ambassador, Director General for International Order, UN and Arms Control in the German Foreign Office and is a former EU Special Representative for Central Asia.

Sven-Olov CARLSSON has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan.  He is currently serving as Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Russia.

Eduard AUER has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Kyrgyzstan.  He is currently serving as Head of the EEAS Western Balkans Division.

Alan BUGEJA has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Libya.  He is former Ambassador, Representative of Malta to the European Union Political and Security Committee.

Giovanni DI GIROLAMO has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Madagascar. He is currently serving as Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Nicaragua and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. to Panama.

Sandra PAESEN has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Malawi. She is currently serving as Head of the Political, Press and Information Section in the EU Delegation to Uganda.

Antonio SANCHEZ-BENEDITO has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Mozambique. He is currently serving as Head of the EU Delegation to Madagascar and Comoros.

Denisa-Elena IONETE has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Niger. She is currently serving as Head of the EU Delegation to Chad.

Irene MINGASSON has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Senegal. She is currently serving as Head of Unit for Regional Cooperation in the Southern Neighbourhood in DG NEAR, European Commission.

Sinead WALSH has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to South Sudan. She is currently serving as Deputy Director Multilateral Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

Marilyn JOSEFSON has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Tajikistan. She is currently serving as Deputy Ambassador of Sweden to the European Union Political and Security Committee.

Walter STEVENS has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to the United Nations (Geneva). He is currently serving as Permanent Chair of the European Union Political and Security Committee.

Stavros LAMBRINIDIS has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to the United States of America. He is currently serving as EU Special Representative for Human Rights.

Timo OLKKONEN has been nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Zimbabwe. He is currently serving as Ambassador of Finland to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

 

Norway joins EU measures against Russia over Crimea

In a declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, Federica Mogherini welcomed the decision of Montenegro, Albania, Norway, Ukraine and Georgia.

The Council extends the existing restrictive measures until 23 June 2019.

The Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania, and the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and Georgia, align themselves with this declaration.

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision.

The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it.

Recently at Helsinki Summit President Vladimir Putin reiterated that Crimea joined Russia as a result of a democratic referendum.

“People in Crimea went to a referendum and voted for joining Russia. If this is annexation, what is democracy then?” Putin raised a rhetorical question. “We are aware of president Trump’s posture, that… Crimea is part of Ukraine,” Putin said. “He told me this today. I responded with the words pretty much similar to what I’ve said to you, and I think we should leave the discussion at that.”

Citizens of Crimean Republic votes to join Russian Federation in the aftermath of dramatic events of Euromaidan Revolution (2014) culminating in a violent overthrow of democratically elected President, and legitimate government.

Initially Crimea joined Russia as Tavrichesky region by ‘ukaz’ (1784) singed by Catherine the Great ending a protracted military campaign against Crimean Caliphate slave-trade, and systemic abduction of her subjects (mainly women and children) for sales at biggest  market between Europe and Asia. According to different historical sources from two to three million people passed through Caliphate slave market by date.

Mid-July Crimean officials reported maximum of  31 thousand cars passing Crimean bridge à day, and one million vehicles crossed the bridge since opening in May.

 

 

No military solution to Yemen conflict

On 25 June 2018 in Luxembourg EU foreign ministers discussed the latest developments in Yemen together with UN Special Envoy (UNSE) Martin Griffiths, who briefed them on his peace plan. Ministers exchanged views on ongoing EU efforts, including political outreach, and in particular the regional dialogue with Iran on Yemen, as well as humanitarian and development support. They explored ways to strengthen the UN-led process.

The Council adopted conclusions on Yemen  against the background  of the recent intensification of military operations in and around the port of Hodeidah, through which 70% of food imports to Yemen are shipped. More than 22 million people -80% of the population of the country – are in need of humanitarian or protection support.

The EU reiterated that there cannot be any military solution to the conflict and underlined its strong support for the UNSE Martin Griffiths, and his efforts to bring about an inclusive political solution.. The EU will maintain its engagement with all parties to the conflict and stands ready to increase its action in Yemen, including in delivering humanitarian aid across the country and in mobilising development assistance to fund projects in critical sectors.

The Council underlines that sustainable peace can only be achieved through negotiations with the meaningful participation of all relevant parties, including civil society, women and youth. The EU therefore supports the UNSE’s efforts to restart the political process, and in particular his intention to renew inclusive political negotiations as soon as possible.

“Dramatic” escalation of hostilieis in Yemen

“Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed a dramatic escalation of hostilities in Yemen, resulting once again in many casualties and in the destruction of civilian infrastructure” – says the statement of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

“This escalation runs against the commitment of all sides to a political solution of the conflict in Yemen and feeds into a vicious cycle of successive retaliations that risks to undermine the efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and put the resumption of peace talks in jeopardy.”

“There is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen. Only a negotiated, political solution through an inclusive process can put an end to the conflict and restore hope for stability and peace in the country and the region. This was also underlined in yesterday’s UN statement that EU fully supports.”

“The European Union continues to fully and unconditionally support UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths as he finalises his framework for negotiations.”

 

“Unacceptable” Abbas remarks on Holocaust

“The speech Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered on 30 April contained unacceptable remarks concerning the origins of the Holocaust and Israel’s legitimacy. Such rhetoric will only play into the hands of those who do not want a two-state solution, which President Abbas has repeatedly advocated”- says the text of the European Action Service Statement.

“The Holocaust and World War Two have defined Europe’s modern history like no other event. Holocaust education remains central to building up resilience against all forms of hatred in our societies. Antisemitism is not only a threat for Jews but a fundamental menace to our open and liberal societies. The European Union remains committed to combat any form of anti-Semitism and any attempt to condone, justify or grossly trivialise the Holocaust.”

Tarand: EU sanctions against Russia bring results

Indrek TARAND MEP (Estonia) shares his views on the EU-Russia relations in the context of relevant debate, taking place during April Plenary session of the European Parliament. MEPs debated with the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini the framework of relations with Russia, responding to new challenges.
At present the EU has a policy of a “selective engagement” with the Russian Federation in areas where member-states see their clear interest. In April Member States agreed that it is a valid principle to apply mainly in the areas of foreign and security policy: from the nuclear deal with Iran to the Middle East peace process, from Afghanistan to the situation on the Korean peninsula, and other global issues such as climate change, the environment, migration, counterterrorism, cooperation in the Arctic, and some regional topic. All of these are strategically important areas of cooperation for Europe and for EU citizens.
Special attention is given to support of the civil society and respect of human rights in Russia, as well as for people-to-people contacts, with a focus on youth. The European External Action Service (EEAS)is looking into a significant increase of the EU funding for civil society and defence of human rights in Russia.

EEAS senior appointments of diplomats

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy announced senior appointments in the European External Action Service (EEAS):

Ms Patricia LLOMBART CUSSAC as the Head of EU Delegation to Colombia. Until taking over the post, she was a Director for Security, Budget and Information Technology within the EEAS. She previously dealt with relations with Iran, Iraq the Gulf countries and Yemen. She was a member of the Cabinets of a Commission Vice-President and a Commissioner in charge of External Relations.

Mr Fernando Gentilini as the new EEAS Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently serving as EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, and was previously Director for Western Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey within the EEAS as well as EU Special Representative in Kosovo.

 

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