Romania's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion Jinga, brought to mind Romania's commitment to continue developing cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations during its forthcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union in an address held on Thursday in the opening of the debate of the Security Council regarding the role of regional organizations in conflict prevention and resolution.
In his speech, the diplomat reiterated Romania's firm commitment to preventive diplomacy and reminded that Romania was the first country to introduce the issue of cooperation with regional organizations on the United Nations agenda by promoting Security Council Resolution 1631, adopted in 2005 under the Romanian presidency of this body, informs a press release sent by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations.
Underlining the importance that Romania attaches to UN peacekeeping operations, the Permanent Representative stressed that over the last 27 years, Romania has participated with over 12,500 police officers, servicemen and security officers at 25 UN peacekeeping missions.
Ambassador Jinga mentioned that, as current chair of the United Nations Commission on Peacebuilding (PBC), Romania attached great importance to conflict prevention, as reflected in the PBC's priorities. These include promoting a regional approach in the work of the commission, strengthening partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations (in particular with the African Union), and supporting conflict-affected countries through actions ranging from stopping conflict outbreak to peace consolidation and post-conflict reconstruction.
The debate on "The Role of States, Regional Organizations and the UN in Conflict Prevention and Resolution" was organized by Cote d'Ivoire as President of the Council in December.