UN must focus on conflict prevention: Mexican official

17:35, September 24, 2010      

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Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa Cantellano on Thursday said "the prevention and post-conflict attention must remain one of the primary objectives of the (United Nations)."

"The peacekeeping and capacity-building after conflict, in particular then civil capabilities, are key components for the promotion and strengthening of the rule of law," she said.

The statement came as Cantellano addressed the UN Security Council summit on the maintenance of international peace and security. Currently, Mexico is one of the 10 non-permanent members of the 15-nation Security Council.

Highlighting the role of diplomacy in conflict prevention, Cantellano called on the UN to strengthen to advance sustainable peacekeeping efforts.

"We believe that there should be a greater emphasis on conflict prevention. Dialogue and peaceful settlement of disputes are essential to strengthen international cooperation aimed to preserve peace and security as well as to eradicate then structural causes of conflict, encourage the development and use of resources in a more rational way," she said.

At present, the UN has close to 122,000 civilian and uniformed personnel in 15 peacekeeping missions, with an additional 4,000 staff members deployed in 14 political field missions throughout the world.

Source: Xinhua


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