In Paris, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants, emphasizing that he counts on the European Union and Britain to continue as strong partners of the UN on development and humanitarian issues.
“The challenges we face do not stop at national borders. It is clear that when we work together, we are stronger,” the Secretary-General said at a joint press conference with French President François Hollande.
“I count on the European Union and the United Kingdom to continue to be strong partners of the United Nations in development and humanitarian affairs and in the field of peace and security, particularly in migration,” Mr. Ban added.
Concerning the situation of migrants, the UN chief recalled that this past week, he visited the Greek island of Lesbos, where he met refugees from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
“These refugees have made long and tiring journeys. What they want is what we all want: to live in security, their children in school, find jobs, have the opportunity to contribute to the progress of humanity,” Ban said.
Ban called on all the countries of Europe and the world to find a “humane solution to the problem, which respects human rights and complies with international law, and that grants to refugees and migrants compassion they are entitled to expect.”
Turning to the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, the Secretary-General said he is confident that talks between the two parties will take place in a “positive and pragmatic atmosphere.”
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