This morning UN Secretary-Genera Ban Ki-moon arrives in Stockholm to meet Frederik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden. The Secretary-General had also an audience with His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Her Majesty Queen Silvia.
Prime Minister Reinfeldt and UN SG Ban Ki-moon had a productive working lunch and talked about the tensions in Ukraine, the worsening situation in Syria and the latest state of play on Cyprus. Also discussed the conflicts in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and the peace and stability efforts in Mali.
This is the fourth Sweden visit of Ban Ki-moon, as Secretary-General. SG Ban Ki-moon had also very good meeting with and representatives of Swedish civil society. Ban Ki-moon make then visit to forum on migration and development on 14-16 May. The 7th global forum on migration and development (GFMD) in Stockholm. The culmination of the Swedish presidency in GFMD which lasted for 18 months.
UN is and has been a significant Swedish global security interest. Many Swedes have entrusted with important positions within the United Nations system. Day Hammarskjöld, and Folke Bernadotte affectionately decorated in the service of peace.
Alva Myrdal was the first woman who held a high position in the United Nations system. Important mediation efforts were made by Gunnar Jarring, Olof Rydbeck and Olof Palme. Carl Bildt, Hans Blix, Kofi Annan and now by Jan Eliasson all had high positions within the United Nations.
The question is whether the Day Hammarskjöld can get a Swedish successor in two and a half years, when Ban Ki-Moon leaves the 38th floor at East River in New York. It is not impossible.
The Secretary-General thanked the Royal Family for their genuine commitment to the United Nations and its values. He expressed his appreciation for Queen Silvia’s support to the rights of children. The Secretary-General also exchanged views with the King and Queen on the situations in Ukraine and Syria, as well as on Migration and on Climate Change.
SG Ban Ki-moon was especially impressed that at a time of global financial constraint, Sweden consistently exceeds — by a wide margin — the UN target for development aid.This is an example for other states to follow — and is of enormous importance in our work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, shape a Post-2015 development agenda and address climate change.
I am especially impressed that at a time of global financial constraint, Sweden consistently exceeds — by a wide margin — the UN target for development aid. Sweden is a leading champion of the United Nations. The people of Sweden are generous and globally minded supporters, said UN SG in his remarks at press briefing with PM Frederik Reinfeldt.
Scandinavia does reasonableness well, even when faced with unreason. The Oslo Accords of 1993 were as close as Israelis and Palestinians have come to looking each other in the eye, admitting neither side is going away, and jettisoning a bitter past for a better future. A strong UN is important to Swedish Government. SG Ban Ki-moon come to Sweden to discuss issues on global security, future of Syria political and humanitarian effort on agenda.
On Syria issue United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, announced that he had accepted the resignation of his special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi 80, a veteran Algerian statesman who helped negotiate an end to Lebanon’s civil war nearly a quarter-century ago, just resigned as Special Envoy to Syria. Mr. Brahimi led government and opposition representatives in two rounds of talks in Switzerland. The last ended without agreement even on an agenda for talks.
Brahimi’s announcement came just two days before Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts from European and Arab nations are to gather in “London 11” meetings to discuss efforts on crisis in Syria, and new obvious path forward.
Speaking to a closed-door session of the UN Security Council after his resignation announcement. Brahimi pointedly told its members that they needed to take steps to stop the flow of arms to both sides in the war and to address the dire humanitarian crisis. The Syrian government’s intransigence in political negotiations was a major reason for UN special envoy, mediator Mr. Brahimi’s departure.
France’s Foreign Minister Fabius’s assertions of chemical weapons use, most of them involving chlorine bombs, came as other signs pointed to Syrian government culpability. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius speaking at @BrookingsFP 13th May 2014 said there were strong indications that the Syrian government had carried out attacks using chemical agents in recent weeks.
Human Rights Watch, in a report on Tuesday, said it had evidence that Mr. Assad’s forces had dropped chlorine-filled bombs from helicopters on three towns in northern Syria in April. France’s Laurent Fabius, expressed regret that the Obama administration had decided against using force after a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus area last Aug. 21. The chemical weapons treaty that Syria signed last year prohibits using chlorine as a weapon, even though chlorine itself is not banned.
In line with UN SG visit to Sweden the Secretary-General also exchanged views on former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and UN´s investigation to look into this whole case of Dag Hammarskjöld’s death. This is a very serious issue. The Secretary General have proposed certain portions for consideration of the General Assembly. “We have to find out the truth on this issue and I count on a speedy action by the General Assembly,” said UN SG Ki-moon at press briefing with Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden.
Update 27 July 2015.
As of 2015: The following are among the most salient findings in the Panel’s report. Most importantly, the Panel found new information, which it assessed as having moderate probative value. Based on these findings, the Secretary-General is of the view that “a further inquiry or investigation would be necessary to finally establish the facts.