Ban Ki-Moon praises Slovenia for its role in Western Balkans

Ban Ki-Moon praises Slovenia for its role in Western Balkans


Review Hari Stefanatos

Slovenian president Borut Pahor had a meeting yesterday in New York with UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, on the sidelines of a climate summit and the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, after which the latter praised Slovenia for its role in the Western Balkans, specifically emphasizing the Brdo Process.

Pahor presented the Secretary General with the conclusions of the latest meeting of the Brdo initiative, who stressed the importance of the initiative as a way of solving disputes peacefully, while also helping bring the Western Balkans closer to the European Union.

Ban’s office, in a statement, acknowledged the important role of Slovenia in the preventing atrocities, mediation and  the fight against non-punishment of perpetrators of the worst crimes.

The two men exchanged views on a number of issues, including climate change, growing extremism and terrorism and the Ebola outbreak, with Ban urging Pahor to support the international efforts for the fight against the deadly virus.

The Slovenian president also met with UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa to discuss climate, development and other items on the UN agenda.

Pahor also spoke with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on matter of the Middle East and Turkey’s role in the fight against ISIS, with discussions also revolving around the bilateral cooperation between their countries, based on strategic partnership, and agreed that the Turkish president will pay a visit to Slovenia shortly.

Before attending a reception hosted by US President Barack Obama and his wife, Pahor met his Croatian counterpart Ivo Josipović.

Topical issues in Africa topped the agenda of talks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, while Pahor also met his counterpart from Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solis.

Pahor will attend the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly today. He will speak at the event on Friday.

Today he is scheduled to meet the presidents of Iran, Poland and Serbia.

He will also attend a traditional lunch hosted by Ban and a reception hosted by top EU officials.

(Source: Sloveniatimes)