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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Moscow (Russian Federation)

22 April 2011


Opening remarks at start of meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Mr. President, it's a great honour for me to pay this visit to you and have a meeting on the matters of our common concern and interest for the international community.

As Secretary-General of the United Nations I cannot overemphasize the importance of a strong partnership between the Russian Federation and the United Nations. In that your leadership is very much important and highly appreciated. It has been a great pleasure for me to work with you on all matters. And this morning I had a very good meeting with my dear colleague Foreign Minister Lavrov, and I would like to continue these discussions.

I am coming from Ukraine where I participated in the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl accident. And I participated in a summit on safe and innovative uses of nuclear energy.

And I am also coming from my meeting with world leaders on Libya, on the situation in Libya. I have convened a meeting of heads of international and regional organizations in Cairo, where the African Union, the League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the European Union participated. I convened this meeting. We agreed that the international community should work together very closely in accordance with Security Council resolutions.

And I'd also like to discuss more in detail how we can work together on global governance issues. As G-8, G-20 and BRICS members, Russia has a special role to play in addressing regional and global challenges climate change, sustainable development, the food crisis and also situations, as you said, in the Middle East, Libya, Cote d'Ivoire and the Korean Peninsula.

Those are some areas of my agenda. And I would like to really count on your strong support, and leadership and guidance in continuing my work as Secretary-General.

Thank you very much.