Secretary Clinton Meets With UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 7, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Department of State today. Before their meeting, Secretary Clinton said, "I'm delighted to welcome Secretary General Ban here to the State Department. We have worked very closely together during my time as Secretary of State. We have a lot of issues to discuss, and I appreciate the Secretary General coming to Washington, meeting with members of Congress, talking about what he is doing in the UN..."

Following the meeting, Acting Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner released the following statement:

"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Department earlier today. The Secretary expressed great appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice of the brave men and women of the UN who have, in recent days, endured several tragedies -- the attack and ruthless murder at a UNAMA compound in Afghanistan, a UN staff member killed while trying to save civilians in Cote d'Ivoire, and the tragic crash of a UN plane in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The United States honors the sacrifices they made, and Secretary Clinton expressed condolences to the UN and to the loved ones of those lost.

"They also discussed the current crisis in Libya and the importance of implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1973, adopted to prevent an impending massacre and protect civilians as they seek to determine their own future. The Secretary welcomed the appointment of Abdel Ilah Al-Khatib as the UN Special Envoy to Libya, as well as the work of the UN agencies on the ground, including the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, the WHO, the World Food Program and others working to meet the humanitarian needs of hundreds of thousands displaced by the conflict.

"The Secretary and the Secretary General discussed Cote d'Ivoire, where UNOCI, alongside France, is conducting military operations to protect civilians from the escalating violence, as mandated in Security Council Resolution 1975. They condemned the unacceptable attacks on UN peacekeepers and reviewed international efforts to support the people of Cote d'Ivoire and to compel Laurent Gbagbo to step aside immediately. They also highlighted the need for the international community to respond generously to the increasing humanitarian needs there.

"They also discussed their shared goal of seeing the UN reform itself and improve its management practices. Secretary Clinton welcomed the Secretary General's efforts to instill budget discipline and she encouraged him to be mindful of the need to seek efficiencies, to continue to emphasize a culture of transparency, and to further modernize the way they conduct their business."Related Content:Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on "Reforming the United Nations -- The Future of U.S. Policy"



South Korea
April 8, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

I'm Korean and knows United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, he very well known foreign than South-Korea and South-Korea`s political situation is not good, a power did killed and now do, just for their`s desire, even if, election season,

- For straightening and preferably someone who commits suicide will be reported in the news. Suicide is, meantime, they, in return for his efforts to commit suicide and is forced action, I wonder.

Moment, the people have access to power, but now politicians and tycoons, few of the authorities, according to the law to protect the people themselves, are adapted to re-impose authoritarian think. Their logic was created to protect and promote, be publicity that was due by law, by fair and lawful procedures ..

Participation of citizens with limited means and enactment and enforcement of the Middle Ages, it seems that the witch hunts.

Ruled by money and connections to accept people for granted, which does not fight anyone, ignoring the ways and means, to join in them only make better think. People outside of the standards and to understand the Republic of Korea, made ​​a lot of misunderstandings and conflicts, crushing to think. Unlike the United States, ordinary citizens, on the outside of their own story to story, to suicide that are all too familiar with the citizens of South Korea, around the time that there is also familiar with spyware I think.

Although numbers are much better about the economy, debt and the citizens of ordinary citizens to buy commodities prices went up too, someone solve machine you want, but I think there is a bulsinman. Probably start from the suicide of a former president of South Korea have begun to think. The media, prosecutors, politicians, conglomerates anyone Think of citizens is considered enemies. From citizens ...

For the sake of a stable oil prices, Libya's militia is thought to be supported. If possible, direct involvement of the Army or Marine Corps should also seriously consider the idea.

District Of Columbia, USA
April 8, 2011

Jane in Washington, DC writes:

If Clinton decides to pursue woman and children's issues, I hope she would obtain a position in the U.N. to pursue these goals.


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