UN and the EU share doctrine of compromise "over confrontation"

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Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, addresses the Security Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The European Union shares the UN doctrine of finding a "space where compromise can always prevail over confrontation."

That's the firm view of EU Foreign Affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Ms Mogherini said in the annual meeting on cooperation between the EU and the UN, that old-fashioned "power politics" was a recipe for destabilization around the world.

The best way to achieve lasting peace and security was not to rely only on military might, but to focus on development, growth and human rights, she said.

This was a doctrine that both the EU bloc of 27-countries and the UN shared, she told Council members.

"I believe the greatest divide in today's world is between those who believe that international politics are a zero-sum game and those who want to build win-win solutions on common ground. The European way is in constant search for win-win solutions and the essence of the United Nations is to represent a space where compromise can always prevail over confrontation. This is why I say that the European way is the UN way."

In a message directed towards the United States, the EU Vice-President said it was vital to keep fully-funding UN agencies around the world, saying it was "as important to global peace and security as defence spending."

Ms Mogherini said she was confident that a way could be found to maintain US support for the Paris Agreement on climate change, despite sceptical statements from the White House.

She said the EU was extremely supportive of the decision by the UN Special Envoy to Syria, to resume peace talks in Geneva next month.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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