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Quotable quotes from Security Council meeting on UN-AU partnership

01-13-2012 09:25 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Following are the quotable quotes from the high-level meeting of the UN Security Council on the partnership between the UN and the African Union (AU) on Thursday:

"The experience of the African Union highlights the necessity of having an integrated approach to conflicts. This regional organization is in a privileged position to contribute and define elements and establish strategies on how to strengthen conflict resolution in its region." -- Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar

"The challenges that Africa faces today -- and that constitute a considerable part of the Security Council's deliberations -- can be better addressed through collective political and diplomatic efforts." -- Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov

"The pragmatic cooperation between the United Nations and the AU in resolving conflicts was recently illustrated when their representatives in charge of issues relating to the Lord's Army jointly traveled to South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo." -- Cornelia Pieper, German minister of state at the Federal Foreign Office

"At operational level, the United Nations Secretariat and African Union Commission need to ensure the complementarities of their efforts, as well as realistic benchmarks and timelines. Strengthening the efforts of the African Union and its institutional capacity to effectively plan, deploy and manage peacekeeping operations is a key prerequisite for their success. It is also of high importance that the African Union ensures leadership and ownership of the process." -- Kongit Sinegiorgis, Ehiopia's permanent representative to the UN

"In Africa's increasing dynamic and complex security environment, the need to strengthen the partnership between the UN and the AU, two organizations whose efforts have proven critical in addressing peace and security challenges, cannot be overemphasized." -- Joy Ogwu, Nigeria's permanent representative to the UN

"For an effective and enduring cooperation between the UN and the AU, it is necessary that the council not adopt a selective approach to this cooperation. Partnership should not be restricted only to the areas of the council's convenience but also extend to areas where there may be differences, and be based on mutual respect." -- Hardeep Singh Puri, India's permanent representative to the UN

"Nearly two-thirds of the Security Council's deliberations relate to Africa, and 80 percent of the peacekeepers deployed worldwide are on the African continent. In this context, UN cooperation with the African Union on peace and security is constantly growing stronger." -- Edouard Courtial, France's secretary of state responsible for French nationals living abroad

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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