UN important in preventing "perpetual disorder"

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Security Council Meeting: Briefing by the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister, addresses the press at the SC stakeout. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

International and regional organizations are the "best tools" for combating political turbulence worldwide, the UN Security Council heard on Monday.

The Council was briefed by Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Chairperson-in-Office at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Dr Steinmeier is the Foreign Minister of Germany which assumed the rotating OSCE Chairmanship in January.

Dianne Penn reports.

Dr Steinmeier spoke about the importance of territorial integrity and the sovereign equality of nations. 

He said these principles must continue to form the basis of how countries coexist and overcome divisions.

He said organizations like the OSCE and the United Nations help to safeguard and implement these principles, in addition to providing a means for nations to address their differences.

"I firmly believe that these two organizations continue to give us the best tools we have to shape the future of a rules-based international order and to prevent the fragility of our time from turning into perpetual disorder. That is why these two institutions are so important, particularly in our turbulent times."

Dr. Steinmeier also paid tribute to former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali who died earlier this month.

He said Mr Boutros-Ghali had laid the foundation for the strong relationship between the UN and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which should be further strengthened.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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