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Tuesday 3 March 2015

Jolie and Pitt arrive for summit

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrived hand-in-hand for the London summit
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrived hand-in-hand for the London summit

Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have arrived hand-in-hand for the final day of the global summit to end war zone rape.

Foreign Secretary William Hague, who is co-chairing the summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict with Maleficent actress Angelina, arrived at the ExCel exhibition centre in London's Docklands with his wife Ffion.

Brangelina put on a public display of affection yesterday at the summit - putting their arms around one another - as they stopped to look at a picture in a gallery.

The actress and Mr Hague have launched an international protocol which they hope will "really, truly end impunity" when it comes to sexual violence in conflict.

In a speech, Angelina said: "For me, and I suspect for many of you, this summit has been an emotional experience.

"We have all come together based on a common desire to end war zone sexual violence, and we have mapped out every area of action we need to take."

The actress said there is "no doubt" that after these four days it is now known what has to be done.

Mr Hague described the last three days as "remarkable", and said the summit has "opened the eyes of the world to this issue".

The Foreign Secretary greeted US secretary of state John Kerry as he arrived at the event.

Mr Kerry hailed the efforts of Angelina and Mr Hague.

He described the Oscar-winning actress, who is special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as a "fierce and fearless advocate".

"We've all watched her play many remarkable roles but perhaps her most lasting legacy actually comes from a role she plays in real life, and that is the role of fierce and fearless advocate," he said.

Speaking about Mr Hague, who he pointed out has travelled extensively and met those affected by sexual violence, Mr Kerry said: "He has not just seen these unspeakable horrors, but he refuses to stay silent.

"That, my friends, is leadership."

In a closing speech, Mr Hague said of the summit: "I hope it is a moment we will look back on and say this was where we started to tip the tipping point, this was where we started to turn the tide, this was where we demonstrated to millions of people that it is possible to succeed in defeating and ending sexual violence in conflict."

So far, 155 countries have endorsed the declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in conflict.

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