Secretary-General addresses African peace and security summit

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) attends the opening session of the Élysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa at the Palais de l’Élysée in Paris, France. On left is French President François Hollande. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has extolled the partnership between the UN, the African Union, the European Union and France in tackling crises in Africa.

Speaking on Friday at the Elysée Summit in Paris, Mr. Ban said this partnership is working together in many countries on issues such as conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding.

"As we recognize these achievements and advances, we must also act with resolve on Africa's challenges. Transnational organized crime, piracy, drug-trafficking and terrorism are taking a growing toll, exploiting weaknesses in institutions, borders and the rule of law. The persistence of regional conflicts is another cause of great concern." (29″)

Mr. Ban also thanked African troop-contributing countries for their contribution and sacrifices for peace and stability.

More than 40 leaders are attending the two-day Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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