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Published on February 12, 2015
Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, on his arrival at the European Council

Brussels, February 12, 2015

There’s been an agreement. There could have been a failure. But the agreement doesn’t guarantee lasting success in the coming days. For that, we must continue to be vigilant and exert pressure and continue the momentum begun thanks to the initiative the Chancellor and I were able to launch.

So now there’s also the responsibility of those who signed, and the responsibility of the countries that have been particularly mobilized in recent hours. So this is a crucial time, one where an agreement has been reached – I think it’s a glimmer, and more than a glimmer, of hope – and at the same time one where anything could still happen either way, and the coming hours will be decisive.

But even beyond the coming days, it will be very important – and this is also the purpose of this European Council – for us to continue exerting the necessary pressure, [and having] the essential vigilance to bring about peace in Ukraine. But we’d already embarked on this process; I think we’re on the right track.

Thank you./.

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