Russia Urges António Guterres to Protect Human Rights

António Guterres
António Guterres

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin met Thursday with Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations António Guterres at the Kremlin.

“Russia, as one of the founders of the United Nations, has always supported its leading and central role in international affairs and has been in favour of it taking on a greater role in resolving conflicts and upholding human rights,” Putin said.

Guterres recognised the decisive role of the Russian Federation not only in the UN but in all aspects of international relations.

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“We live in a world with multiple threats from the multiplication of new conflicts, the old conflicts that never die, from the spread of a new form of global terrorism to all challenges related, from climate change to food insecurity and to many other threats to the wellbeing of mankind,” Guterres said.

He also said that the role of the United Nations Secretary-General is not to be the leader of the world; it is a much more modest one.

“I will have plenty of things to do just to make sure that the machine is able to work much better than in the past. But looking at the enormous challenges in peace and security, I would like to have to offer my good services and as an added value to what necessarily is the leadership of the member states,” Guterres stated.

Photo courtesy: Kremlin

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