Ban urges Angola to play a greater role in international scene

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola, at the Presidential Palace in Luanda.

Angola is being asked to join UN peacekeeping operations by the Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was in the country to meet with government leaders and launch an anti-polio vaccination program.

The Secretary-General says he sees Angola emerging as an international leader and hopes the country will become even more involved with the United Nations.

"Angola knows from experience the value of United Nations peacekeeping. I asked the Angolan Government to contribute to our operations. Angola has a well-trained military and air assets like helicopters that we urgently need to protect civilians. I hope that Angola will join other countries that once hosted UN peacekeeping operations and now proudly contribute and serve under our blue flag."

Angola is chair of the South African Development Community (SADC) and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.

Duration: 33″

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