Applied or had applied?

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Can you help me to choose the right tense in the following text:
Mr. N greeted the participants and noted that the previous six meetings had been aimed at joining efforts, sharing news and making recommendations to provide comprehensive assistance to ... nationals in the country.
These efforts had resulted in a certain progress.
In particular, they had helped to provide access to the State procedure of establishing the refugee status and access to healthcare, education, employment, registration and social security benefits and accommodation.
As at 3 December, over the past year more than 600 people had applied for asylum in the country."

Should this be Past Perfect or Past Indefinite?
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