Rõivas meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, May 3, 2016. (Tauno Tõhk/Riigikantselei)
5/4/2016 10:25 AM
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Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday. At the meeting they discussed the UN’s role in ongoing conflicts around the world, among them its work in Ukraine and Syria.

The migration crisis was another topic of the meeting. Rõivas said that the UN’s role in providing relief and helping to improve the conditions for war refugees couldn’t be overestimated.

Rõivas and Ban Ki-moon also discussed Russia’s involvement in the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. According to the prime minister the UN plays an important part in solving these conflicts.

It was very important that the international community didn’t allow Russia to lull it into believing that it was interested in solving the conflict in Syria, while it hadn’t taken a single step that could be taken seriously to withdraw from Ukraine, Rõivas said. “As long as the treaty of Minsk isn’t met, we can’t talk about normal relations with Russia, and need to continue the sanctions,” the prime minister added.

Rõivas stressed that Estonia was ready to contribute more in matters of global security, and to bring its own experiences into the UN’s Security Council.

Rõivas also visited Transferwise’s New York office.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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