16 December 2014, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Mr. Nick Westcott, Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service, at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations: Peace operations: the UN-AU partnership and its evolution
16 December 2014, Brussels - The attack today on a military school in Peshawar leaves all of us in shock. When innocents are killed, when children are targeted in their place of study, it is an attack not only on universally recognised values and rights but also on the future of the country, on all our futures.
I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and my support to the people and the authorities of Pakistan on this tragic day.
15 December 2014, Brussels – Today's Foreign Affairs Council was focussed on the situation in Syria, Iraq and the threat from ISIL. The discussion will feed into the preparation of an EU comprehensive regional strategy. Ministers also exchanged views on the crisis in Syria with UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. The EU is fully committed to support his efforts to achieve a strategic de-escalation of violence as a basis for a broader political process. The EU stands ready to concretely support the development of his proposal to build on local freezes of hostility in Aleppo and elsewhere.