Czech Republic hailed as peacemaker and human rights advocate

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While Czech Republic, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes time out to visit part of the new mobile flood barriers put up by the Prague fire department. Photos: UN

The Secretary General has commended the Czech government for its constructive role globally in supporting the peaceful settlement of disputes.

This it has done through helping countries in transition and advocating for human rights protection, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said.

He made his remarks in the capital city Prague in a press event with the country's Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka.

Mr. Ban also commended the Czech government for its focus on reducing extreme poverty and hunger.

During his discussions with the Prime Minister, the Secretary-General raised the issue of Ukraine and expressed the urgent need to find a political solution to the crisis.

The two men also addressed the conflict in Syria and follow-up to the Geneva II Conference.

Mr. Ban thanked the Prime Minister and the Czech Republic's support for humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.

He also visited Prague's new mobile flood barriers erected after heavy rainfall in June 2013 caused severe flooding in the city.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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