EU, Sarkozy congratulate Ban on UN re-election

22nd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The heads of the European Union and the European Commission welcomed Ban Ki-moon's re-election Tuesday as UN secretary-general, praising the body's "decisive role" under his leadership.

"We warmly welcome the news of the re-election of the secretary-general of the United Nations," Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso said in a joint statement.

"Under his leadership, the UN has played a decisive role in tackling issues of global nature from tackling climate change to peace and security, development and eradication of poverty. We look forward to continue the good cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations in the future."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy also congratulated Ban after the 192-nation UN General Assembly elected him for a second term as the world body's secretary-general.

Sarkozy thanked Ban for his pursuit of "peace and international security" during his first five-year mandate.

"France gives all of its confidence and support to the secretary general in the pursuit of his efforts over the next five years and so that the United Nations is more than ever at the heart of effective global governance, in service to a more secure and just world," the French leader said.

The assembly unanimously backed the former South Korean foreign minister by acclamation. His second five-year term will start on January 1 and run through 2016.

© 2011 AFP

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