On the margins of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with senior European officials as well as Turkey's Prime Minister to discuss the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the Ebola outbreak, climate change, and combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
According to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban held meetings with Mr. Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council and Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
The Secretary-General stressed the need for a political rather than military solution for the on-going situation in Ukraine and emphasized that the crisis has an impact far beyond the region.
Mr. Ban also thanked the European Union (EU) for its help in containing the spread of the Ebola virus and its support for the most affected countries. He specifically expressed his gratitude for the European Unions backing of medical evacuation of first responders.
During the meeting, they also discussed climate change and the EU recent and welcome decision to further limit greenhouse emissions. The Secretary-General underscored the leadership of the EU on this issue and encouraged the EU to generously support the Green Climate Fund.
Also today, the Secretary-General met today with Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey, to discuss the priorities for Turkeys upcoming chairmanship of the G20.
The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister exchanged views on the situation in Syria, including international efforts to combat the threat posed by ISIL and Turkeys humanitarian assistance to the refugees in the region.
They also discussed the ongoing diplomatic efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, to create momentum for a local freeze in Aleppo.
Additionally, the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed the status of the negotiations to achieve a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, as well as Turkeys role in supporting the process.