UN chief, Nigerian president meet on West African issues

09:38, September 25, 2010      

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UN Secretary-general on Friday met with Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to discuss issues impacting West Africa, a UN readout released here said.

The meeting of Ban and Jonathan took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly general debate, which opened here on Thursday.

Ban spoke to Jonathan about elections in Nigeria scheduled for next year, and thanked Nigeria for its assistance to UN peacekeeping missions, the readout issued by Ban's spokesman said, adding that the two also talked about conflicts and election delays in several West African countries.

"Given that President Jonathan is the current Chairman of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), the secretary- general also took the opportunity to discuss a number of regional issues including concerns over delays in the holding of planned elections in Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea, continuing concerns over the situation in Guinea-Bissau and the progress being made in Liberia's peacebuilding efforts," the readout said.

According to the readout, President Jonathan also "raised the need for the international community to assist in curtailing the proliferation of small arms in Africa."

Source: Xinhua


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