Ban Ki-Moon calls for strong EU-UN partnership

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General addressing the press conference
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General addressing the press conference

BRUSSELS, June 14 (KUNA) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Tuesday for a stronger EU-UN partnership to face the current global challenges.
“I thank President Juncker for the cooperation, commitment and support that the European Union under his strong leadership continues to provide to the United Nations and our joint efforts. The challenges that the European Union and the international community face today require a strong partnership,” he told a press conference after meeting the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker this evening.
The UN chief also called for cooperation with the EU to deal with the refugee crisis.
“Leaders and communities have to be steady and fast in opposing xenophobia, discrimination and violence. We also need to support the communities to be able to host a large number of arrivals. I remain deeply distressed at the high number of deaths in the Mediterranean. We must also work together to address the root causes of displacement and ensure better protection,” he said.
On his part, Juncker praised the “excellent leadership” of Ban and regretted that his term as the UN Secretary General is coming to an end.
The two sides discussed the EU support to the efforts of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to bring about the peaceful settlement in Cyprus under the auspices of the UN’s good offices.
Earlier, the UN chief also met separately with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. (end) nk.bs