U.N., Austria vow to strengthen cooperation

11:16, April 09, 2010      

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Visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday lauded Austria's support for the United Nations on drug trafficking and nuclear disarmament.

After a conversation with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, the U.N. secretary-general said that Vienna, as headquarters of many U.N. institutions, has become key to the fight against drug trafficking and nuclear disarmament.

He also appreciated Austria' participation in peacekeeping missions and wished that Austria could make more efforts in that regard.

Austria would support the U.N. on the establishment of new U.N. institutions in Austria, Spindelegger said.

Ban said that it is necessary to eliminate all nuclear weapons, referring to the new nuclear arms reduction treaty signed by Russia and the United States.

"We should realize a world without nuclear weapons," he said during a press conference.

Austria would continue to closely cooperate with the U.N on nuclear disarmament and support the five-point nuclear disarmament plan proposed by the U.N. secretary-general, Spindelegger said.

During the press conference, Ban also expressed "deep concern" over the unstable situation in Kyrgyzstan and announced that he would send Jan Kubis, a former Slovak foreign minister and former secretary general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, to Kyrgyzstan.

The violence in Kyrgyzstan should be settled by peaceful means, Ban said.

Austria would continue to support the U.N. on peacekeeping missions and disaster relief, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said.

Source: Xinhua


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