January 31, 2002
On UN Security Council's Discussion of Situation in Africa
The United Nations Security Council with the participation of the foreign ministers of the African countries held a comprehensive discussion of the situation in Africa and questions of assistance to the continent's states from the international community.
In the course of the debate, the necessity to work out an effective all-embracing strategy for maintaining peace and stability, ensuring sustainable development and strengthening democracy in Africa was reaffirmed.
Named among priorities were the tasks of deepening cooperation by the UN and its Security Council with the Organization of African Unity and sub-regional structures in the fields of peace-making and post-conflict peace-building. Meeting participants gave as positive examples of such cooperation the resolution of the conflict situations in West Africa and the Horn of Africa.
They emphasized the need for the further promotion of a comprehensive approach by the UN and bodies of its system to dealing with multipronged problems on the African continent. The importance of excluding, with international assistance, the deep-seated economic, social and humanitarian causes of conflicts was underlined.
The approach reflects in full measure the position of Russia, which will continue to support, inter alia within the framework of the UN, efforts by African countries and the whole international community for ensuring peace and the economic development of Africa.
January 30, 2002
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