Jean Asselborn in New York

The Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, participateв in the ministerial week of the 68th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations from 22 to 27 September 2013 in New York.

From Sunday evening, 22 September 2013, Minister Asselborn co-hosted a dinner at the » International Peace Institute » (IPI ), involving several foreign ministers of the European Union and Arab countries, leaders of major humanitarian UN agencies and representatives of academic and civil society. The discussions focused on the peace process in the Middle East and the conflict in Syria.

On 23 September 2013, the Minister Asselborn started the day by attending a ministerial consultation of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) on » crisis and efforts to consolidate peace and security in the country francophone space. » In this context, the Minister Asselborn highlighted the complementary action of OIF with the UN and the African Union (AU), notably to support the holding of free, credible and inclusive elections.

Under the Luxembourg Presidency in the Working Group of the Security Council on children and armed conflict, the Minister Asselborn had a meeting with the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG ) for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui .

In the evening of 23 September 2013, the Deputy Prime Minister Asselborn attended the reception hosted by the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

On the morning of September 24, 2013, the Deputy Prime Minister Asselborn attended the opening of the general debate of the 68th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Minister Asselborn had a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Egypt, Nabil Fahmy. Discussions focused particularly on the current internal situation in Egypt and the transition process in the country. The ministers also discussed the latest developments in Syria.

In the afternoon, the head of the Luxembourg foreign minister attended the luncheon hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki -moon on the occasion of the opening of the General Assembly, before taking part in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU).

Minister Asselborn also met with the Foreign Minister of Jordan, Nasser Judeh. Together they discussed major regional and international issues, including the Syrian crisis and the impact of conflict on neighboring countries, first and foremost Jordan.

On the morning of September 25, 2013, Minister Asselborn attended the high-level meeting on the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic and the international response to it. Minister Asselborn deplored that the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law continue with impunity in CAR, including violations and abuses committed against children

The Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg also had an interview with the President of Lebanon, Michel Sleiman. The discussions centered on the internal situation in Lebanon and the Syrian conflict impacts on the country. President Sleiman highlighted the impact of the extremely high number of Syrian refugees — more than one million Syrians in Lebanon today – on the political, economic and social situation in his country.

In the afternoon of 25 September 2013, the Minister Asselborn received, together with the ministers of the Netherlands and Belgium, the Joint Special Envoy of the Arab League and the UN for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. Discussions between representatives of the Benelux and the Special Envoy Brahimi detailed on the latest developments in Syria. In this context, they stressed the need to do everything to boost international process capable of supporting a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

During the same day, the Deputy Prime Minister Asselborn held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. The two discussed the intra-Palestinian situation and the prospect of forming a new government. They also discussed the status of the peace process in the Middle East. The ministerial discussion led to an exchange of views on the role of the European Union in support of the peace process.

In the evening, Minister Asselborn attended a working dinner on the issue of children and armed conflict, including conflicts in Africa.