STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON
OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On meeting the Foreign Minister of Gabon

United Nations General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim met today with H.E. Laure Olga Gondjout, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, cooperation, Francophonie and Regional Integration of the Republic of Gabon.  The Foreign Minister briefed the President on yesterday’s debate in the Security Council on peace and security in Africa stressing the importance of cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union and the need for increased financing of peacebuilding operations in Africa.

The President and the Foreign Minister discussed the key priority issues of the 62nd Session of the General Assembly, in particular the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, especially as they relate to the specific needs of African countries.

The President drew attention to the preparations for the 22 September high-level meeting of the General Assembly focusing on Africa’s development needs and the 25 September leader’s summit on MDGs organized jointly by the General Assembly President and the Secretary-General. The President also gave a short overview of his current efforts to advance on Security Council reform stressing the importance of the need for an active involvement in the process from African countries.

                                                                   New York
                                                            17 April 2008

 

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