Foreign Minister Westerwelle in New York
Foreign Minister Westerwelle and UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon
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Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met with the Secretary‑General of the United Nations, Ban Ki‑moon, in New York on 7 November. Their meeting concentrated on the situation in Syria and in Mali. Westerwelle also met with the Deputy Secretary‑General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson.
The German Foreign Minister informed the UN Secretary‑General about his trip to the Sahel region the week before as well as about the talks he held in Bamako, Mali’s capital. Westerwelle thanked the Secretary‑General for the United Nation’s efforts to end the crisis in Mali. Ban and Westerwelle agreed that attention must be focused on the political process towards Mali’s stabilization. Ban expressed his thanks for Germany’s commitment in the Sahel region.
UN Headquarters on the East River (archive)
The situation in Syria was another main topic of the talks. The men discussed ways of again bringing up the topic in the United Nations Security Council and also the efforts by Syria’s opposition to achieve greater unity. Westerwelle also informed Ban that support for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund for refugees in and from Syria had been increased by another 12 million euros.
In New York, Foreign Minister Westerwelle is also promoting Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. After being a member of the Human Rights Council from 2006 to 2009, Germany is again seeking a seat for the period from 2013 to 2015. The vote will take place on 12 November 2012.
Last updated 07.11.2012