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Syrian crisis makes UN reform ever more urgent, European ministers tells debate

The year and a half of deadly violence in Syria is clear testimony of the need to reform the United Nations to strengthen its preventive capabilities, European ministers told the General Assembly today.

Revitalizing UN General Assembly necessary for small states, San Marino minister tells debate

Describing the United Nations General Assembly as the international community’s “most democratic” body, the Minister of Foreign and Political Affairs with functions of Prime Minister of the Republic of San Marino, Antonella Mularoni, said her country strongly supports the “revitalization” of the chamber’s powers.

At UN, European Foreign Ministers issue calls supporting freedom and representation

The Security Council must adapt to a dynamic and changing world, Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, told the United Nations General Assembly today in a speech calling for greater representation in the UN body.

At General Debate, Turkey’s Foreign Minister urges UN reform, action on Syrian crisis

The Security Council must be reformed in order to respond to the world’s “real needs,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said today in his statement to the United Nations General Assembly, adding that without reform, the UN body risked irrelevance.

At UN General Debate, Russian Foreign Minister calls for return to Geneva accord on Syria

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, today urged Member States to help bridge the divisions in the Security Council over the ongoing Syrian conflict and promote a return to an agreement outlining the steps for a peaceful transition in the Middle Eastern country.

Human rights and failure to unite over Syria addressed by European ministers at UN debate

Croatia’s Prime Minister, Austria’s Vice-Chancellor and Sweden’s Foreign Affairs Minister lamented the lack of unity in the United Nations Security Council over the conflict in Syria as they addressed the UN General Assembly today, while Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister joined those speakers in speaking out on the need for strong human rights protections.

At UN debate, Bosnia says failure to act on Syria risks repeat of Srebrenica massacre

In the United Nations General Assembly today, the leader of Bosnia and Herzegovina upbraided the international community over its failure to act in the Syrian crisis, saying it had failed to learn the lessons from the massacres that tore his own country apart 17 years ago to prevent a repetition of those events in the Arab state.

At UN, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia urges cooperation to resolve ‘name’ issue

Highlighting the importance of the rule of law at the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, today called for closer cooperation with Greece to resolve the ‘name’ issue between them.

From General Assembly podium, Albanian President calls for UN reform

From the podium of the General Assembly, Albania’s President Bujar Nishani today called on the United Nations to reform itself to better tackle the multiple crises facing the world.

At UN debate, Turkmenistan leader proposes international legal framework on energy security

The Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov, today stressed energy security as a basic condition for global development and proposed the creation of an international legal framework on the issue, as he addressed the high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly.