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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Off-the-Cuff

Read out of the Secretary-General's meeting with the President of Nigeria

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January 2011

The Secretary-General met this morning with Goodluck Ebel Jonathan, the President of Nigeria in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Secretary-General appreciated the leadership provided by President Jonathan on issues facing Africa.

Regarding the situation on Côte d'Ivoire, the Secretary-General discussed how to follow up on the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council of 28 January. While appreciating President Jonathan's continued leadership on the issue, the Secretary-General emphasized the need that an early solution to the impasse be found in a manner consistent with the expressed will of the Ivorian people.

The Secretary-General thanked President Jonathan for Nigerian contributions to peacekeeping operations.


Off-the-Cuff on 31 January 2011