Secretary-General discusses refugee, migrant crisis with British Prime Minister
Sept.10, Geneva: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the refugee and migrant crisis with British Prime Minister David Cameron, as he continued to confer with European leaders on what has become the biggest influx of people into the continent in decades.
“This has been part of a series of calls he has made to European leaders in recent days, in which the Secretary-General has stressed the individual and collective responsibility of European States to respond responsibly and humanely to the arrival of refugees and migrants in Europe,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters.
Ban has spoken recently with the leaders of Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, appealing to them to be “the voice of those in need of protection” and to quickly find a joint approach to address their basic needs.
“The Secretary-General,” Haq added, “has assured European leaders of the United Nations readiness, through its agencies, in particular UNHCR [the UN refugee agency], to continue supporting their efforts to develop a response that is effective, feasible and in line with universal human rights and humanitarian standards, including the right to claim asylum.”
The Oslo Times