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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the paralysis that led to the freezing of conflicts in Europe. Guterres identified 12 main directions of work for the organization in 2018 when delivering a speech to members of the UN General Assembly.

Guterres called the settlement of the conflicts in the Middle East and the frozen conflicts in Europe among the main problems that the UN will have to tackle, according to a report posted on the UN website on Tuesday, January 16.

UN Secretary General noted that to settle the conflicts in Europe it is necessary to withstand the “dangerous wave of nationalism” and to revitalize the work of mediation initiatives. According to his words, it is about the Norman format and the Tripartite Contact Group on Eastern Ukraine. He also mentioned the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh, the Geneva international discussions on Georgia and the “5 + 2” process on Transnistria.

Guterres emphasized that solving the problems like combating terrorism and climate change, and protecting human rights, will require a lot of resources. He called on countries to fulfill their commitments in the area of financing for development. He also invoked the countries to work out mechanisms that would not allow them to evade taxes, to be engaged in money laundering or conduct illegal flows of capital.

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