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President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor attends 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York

New York, 23. 9. 2014 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, has begun his working visit to New York, where he is attending the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Yesterday evening (local time), he first attended the reception hosted by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

At the reception, President Pahor had a meeting with Mr Zuma, during which they discussed the possibilities of improving economic cooperation between their two countries, including the conclusion of basic economic cooperation agreements and the elimination of restrictions on visa requirements. On the margins of the reception, President Pahor exchanged his view on the crisis in Ukraine with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who is heading the Ukrainian delegation. At the reception, President Pahor also took the opportunity to meet with the President of Nigeria, with whom he discussed the current situation in Africa. He also had a meeting with the President of Costa Rica.

President Pahor at a bilateral working meeting with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.
Photo: Robi Poredoš/STA

Today, President Pahor had a bilateral working meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon. The Slovenian President and the Secretary-General discussed the key issues currently being dealt with by the United Nations, highlighting in particular climate change, the Ebola virus outbreak and Islamic extremism. Secretary-General Ban welcomed the efforts made by Slovenia in the process of mediation and the responsibility to protect (R2P) and particularly stressed Slovenia’s role in the stabilisation of the Western Balkan region through the Brdo Process initiative. The Secretary-General was also interested in the further course of this initiative. President Pahor acquainted him with the conclusions of the most recent meeting of the Brdo Process leaders, which was also attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and said that Slovenia, among other things, considered the Brdo Process initiative as a way of resolving outstanding issues in a peaceful manner and of promoting reconciliation which would help improve the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries.

This morning, prior to the opening of the general debate, Mr Ban hosted the Climate Summit, the purpose of which was to build political momentum towards a new global climate agreement which would encourage all countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. At the summit, President Pahor delivered a speech in which he presented Slovenia’s position and its commitments regarding emissions reduction. Within the summit, President Pahor also participated in the strategic discussion on the integration of private enterprises and civil society in environmental protection activities.

After his address at the Climate Summit, President Pahor met with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The two presidents devoted special attention to the situation in the Middle East and Turkey’s role in the fight against ISIS. President Erdoğan said that Turkey was already bearing a huge burden in accepting and protecting refugees from Syria and was taking an active part in preventing the passage of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq via Turkey. President Pahor and President Erdoğan also talked about bilateral cooperation between Slovenia and Turkey which is based on strategic partnership and agreed that President Erdoğan would soon visit Slovenia.

Tonight, President Pahor will attend the reception hosted by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife, Michelle Obama, for the Heads of Delegations present at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

The Slovenian President is also scheduled to meet with the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipović, the President of the Republic of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolić, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, and the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski.

President Pahor is due to deliver his speech at the general debate of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.