UN chief praises Uruguay's commitment to peace missions

16:39, June 16, 2011      

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Secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon (L), accompanied by the Foreign Minister of Uruguay, Luis Almagro (R), participates in a tribute to Jose Artigas,in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, on june 15, 2011. Ban Ki-moon is on a tour in South America. (Xinhua/Nicolás Celaya)

United Nations Secretary- general Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday praised Uruguay's contribution to UN peace missions across the world.

Ban, on the second day of a visit to Uruguay, said "the commitment of the Uruguayan troops to peace and security" has set an example for other countries in the world.

The UN chief on Wednesday visited the UN National School of Peace Operations in Uruguay, where he thanked the troops for their participation.

Uruguay's Acting Defense Minister Jorge Menendez said the South American country has the political will to increase its contribution to UN missions, and requested aid to reinforce the training of the troops.

Ban, who is on a tour of Latin America to seek support for his bid to win a second term, arrived in the Uruguayan capital on Tuesday night.

Source: Xinhua

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