By J Nastranis
NEW YORK (IDN) – Kazakhstan has made a strong plea for a close and proactive working relationship between the United Nations Secretary-General and the Security Council. In doing so, Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan – which began its two-year term as non-permanent member of the Security Council on January 1 – concurred among others with Sweden's Foreign Minister and Security Council President for January, Margot Wallström.
She said such a relationship "is the cornerstone of this Organization's ability to deliver lasting peace and security" – "not least to improve the UN's capacity to take early action to prevent violent conflict". Though conflict prevention had been discussed "many times before . . . progress is meager".