UN Secretary-General in PRESIDENT HOTEL

On March 17-19, 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on a working visit to Moscow, his third official visit, and stayed at PRESIDENT HOTEL. The program of his stay  in Moscow envisaged, as priority issues, attending a high-level meeting aimed at advancing Middle East peace and negotiations with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

The one-day ministerial-level “Quartet” meeting with participation of Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Aston took place on March 19, 2010. The meeting was dedicated to finding ways to resume indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Among various issues discussed by UN secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev were the prospects of cooperation of UN and Russia and especially Russia’s additional participation in UN operations. In this connection on March 18, 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) General-Secretary Nikolai Bordyuzha signed a joint Declaration on cooperation between these organizations in solving problems of challenges and threats to international community.