Minister Jean Asselborn meets with Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, met with the President of the International Peace Institute (IPI) and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 (2004), Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, on October 7th, 2009.
The Luxembourg Government maintains close relations with the IPI and contributes to the financing of a number of the Institute’s programs, including the research program about the United Nations and its multilateral response capabilities entitled "Coping with Crisis, Conflict and Change: The UN and evolving capacities for managing global crises"
The meeting was also an opportunity to explore new ways of consolidating and further developing this
Recalling that Luxembourg has continuously based its foreign policy on an active participation in multilateral cooperation,
including in the framework of the United Nations, Minister Asselborn stressed the importance of the IPI’s research related to capacity building to promote multilateral peace and security.
Minister Asselborn and Mr. Roed-Larsen further had an exchange of views on the situation in the Middle East, and particularly on the political situation in Lebanon following the elections of June 7th, 2009.
The Luxembourg minister welcomed the efforts of Mr. Roed-Larsen as Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 (2004). Mr. Asselborn reiterated the commitment of Luxembourg for the unity, stability and independence of
Lebanon, as illustrated by Luxembourg's participation in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
Luxembourg’s Development Cooperation supports a number of projects implemented in Lebanon by three NGOs in the fields of peace promotion, the strengthening civil society, social services and assistance to refugees and migrants. Luxembourg's financial contribution to these projects totals 988,000 euros. Luxembourg also contributes to the financing of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.