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Germany takes over presidency of the security Council : foreign Minister Maas wants to strengthen global conflict prevention

For the first Time in almost seven years, Germany leads again for a month, the UN security Council. Federal foreign Minister Heiko Maas flew in on Monday morning to New York to assume the chairmanship of French foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

to understand The two countries have agreed to take their consecutive management periods, as the common "double-chair" for two months. "We are aware of the responsibility we take on with the presidency," said Maas before departure. It seeks "to strengthen the long-term conflict prevention".

Germany belongs to the most important UN body since the beginning of the year for two years, and is one of ten exchange members. France, besides the United States, Russia, China and great Britain of the five permanent members with veto power. The security Council deals mainly with crisis management and peacekeeping.

Germany is leading up to the end of April, the meetings of the security Council and can help shape the agenda beyond the current crisis decisively and own topics. The Federal government has made, the issues of sexual violence against women in conflicts, the role of women in peacekeeping as well as disarmament and arms control highlight. Currently, there is a "dangerous Erosion of international disarmament treaties," he said, with a view to the termination of the Treaty on medium-range missiles between the US and Russia.

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ordered Maas to take advantage of the Situation for humanitarian workers in crisis areas. "Hospitals, Doctors and assistants are always in need of more frequently to the target disk, the access to food and medical care as a means of warfare against the civilian population," he said. "This Trend to a complete dissolution of military conflicts, we have to stop. Otherwise, a slide threatens to turn into a new barbarism.“

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Recently, Germany held in September 2012, the presidency of the security Council. In the coming summer, a further one-month period at the top of the panel is to follow. Germany is applying all eight years for a two-year membership in the security Council - so far, always with success. (dpa, AFP)

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