Secretary of State for Global Bilateral Affairs Monica Gheorghita met on Thursday with the head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) in Brussels, Rory Keane, on a visit to Romania for an exchange of opinions on the EU-UN cooperation during the term of Romania's Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
"The Romanian dignitary briefed about the priorities of Romania's Presidency of the Council of the European Union in general, and in the fields of peace and security, in particular, and referred to Romania's contributions to the UN peace-keeping operations, namely the implementation of reform processes in the fields of peace and security within the UN system. The Romanian side revealed the need to respond to renewed requirements regarding the prevalence of conflict prevention and the priority approach of the causes that undermine a sustainable peace, enhancing the cohesion between the political and operational sides within the peace-keeping operations, including by imposing a responsible leadership, as well as the initiation of certain consultation and coordination processes regarding the carrying out of several joint actions, in view of accomplishing each mission's mandates," the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs in a press release.
The two officials talked about the strengthening of the partnership between the UN and regional organisations, in a trilateral format UN-EU-the African Union, as well as the increase and strengthening of women's and the youth's role in conflict prevention and peace consolidation. The head of UNLOPS emphasised the UN's priority attention to the development of partnerships for the administrative and financial support of the UN projects and highlighted the important place the partnership with the EU occupies in conducting complex peace operations.
"At the same time, the UN official referred to the efficiency of the future peace operations, as main objective of the reform process underway and encouraged Romania to continue the investments in niche domains within the UN, such as UN security staff training taking place within the Centre of Excellence for Protection and Security of SPP [the Protection and Guard Service, ed.n.]. The visit to Romania of the the UNLOPS head in Brussels provided the opportunity to reiterate Romania's commitment in backing the UN efforts, including as part of the commitment assumed within the campaign for the promotion of Romania's candidacy to the UN SC and the EU's efforts in preventing conflicts and streamlining the peace-keeping operations," the same source mentions.