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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
United Nations News Service (See also > DPI)
8 January 2007

Secretary-General Ban stresses Darfur, Middle East and conflict prevention as key issues

8 January 2007 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told the Security Council that stepping up efforts to resolve the Darfur crisis is one of his top priorities, warning of an ever worsening humanitarian crisis in this strife-torn part of Sudan, as he also highlighted the Middle East and UN peacekeeping worldwide as other key challenges.

Mr. Ban, who was addressing the Council for the first time since becoming Secretary-General on 1 January, assured the 15-member body of his “deep sense of mission, duty and dedication” during a debate on threats to international peace and security, after which the Council issued a presidential statement pledging to work closely with the Secretary-General to deal with these issues.

“Some of our most acute and persistent challenges are in Africa. One of my top priorities will be to step up efforts to address the crisis in Darfur, where the humanitarian situation is growing worse, despite all the declarations and proclamations of the international community over the past three years,” Mr. Ban said, adding he would discuss this and other regional issues with African Union leaders in Addis Ababa later this month.

He also pledged to “to inject new momentum into our search for peace and stability in the Middle East,” calling for a rededication to the work of the Quartet – the UN, European Union, United States and Russian Federation – in resolving differences between Israel and Palestine.


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