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UN chief stresses commitment and coordination with regional blocs

12-08-2011 09:28 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the UN's commitment to regional organizations which he said are "better placed to detect potential crises early," and are more engaged to coordinate an international response.

"They have unique influence on, leverage over and access to crisis situations in their respective regions," Ban said of regional organizations in a message to the meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, which was delivered by B. Lynn Pascoe, UN under-secretary-general for political affairs.

Ban said the United Nations has strengthened or established conflict prevention and mediation partnerships with such blocs in the past five years. He cited the example of the UN partnership with OSCE to address the crisis in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 when the country was wracked by the worst ethnic violence in its modern history and the president was overthrown.

"The United Nations looks forward to exploring what more we can do together, including through our mediation support unit," Ban said. He said the UN has a stand-by team of experts ready to assist the world body, regional and sub-regional organizations and other relevant partners in all critical areas, including power sharing arrangements, constitutions, security arrangements and natural resources.

Ban also called on cooperation to be strengthened with the UN and regional organizations in confronting transnational threat, including organized crime, pandemics, terrorism and the effects of climate change.

The OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization and offers a forum for political negotiations and decision-making in the areas of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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