UN chief holds talks with African leaders on margins of Paris summit

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan, in Paris. 6 December 2013 UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Paris for a two-day summit which brings together more than 50 representatives from African countries as well as the UN, the African Union and the European Union.

Mr. Ban met with leaders from Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi on the margins of the Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, which opened on Friday.

The Secretary-General discussed the situation in Libya and the role of the UN mission there with the country's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan.

In talks with President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mr. Ban congratulated the DRC for the recent successful military operation against the rebel group M23.

However, he stressed that the military victory will not resolve the M23 problem as it would be important to settle the issue politically.

Mr. Ban further highlighted the need to deal with other armed groups which continue to pose a threat to civilians in the eastern DRC.

The Secretary-General also met with Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and thanked him for the country's commitment to the peace process in Somalia.

They also discussed the situation in Burundi, which is preparing for elections in 2015.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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