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Summary: June 6, 2001: ANNEX: draft council conclusions on EU-UN co-operation in conflict prevention and crisis management (Brussels)
The Council underlines the commitment of the EU as well as of its Member States to contribute to the objectives of the UN in conflict prevention and crisis management, noting the United Nations' primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. The Swedish Presidency has taken forward the mandate given to it by the Nice European Council to identify possible areas and modalities for co-operation with the UN in crisis management.
The Council reaffirms its determination to develop and strengthen co-operation in the areas of crisis management and conflict prevention, following ministers' discussions with the UN Secretary-General in May.
The co-operation should develop progressively in close co-ordination with the UN, focusing on substantive issues and concrete needs. It will increase in scope and importance as the ESDP evolves.
The Council acknowledges the need for an integrated approach to conflict prevention and crisis management, encompassing also development co-operation and other measures addressing root causes of conflict, and in this context welcomes the important communications – on conflict prevention and on building an effective partnership with the UN in the field of development and humanitarian affairs - recently presented by the Commission. On the latter, the Council also recalls its conclusions of 31 May 2001. Furthermore the Council notes the intention of the Commission to launch a dialogue with the UN on exchanging its Country Strategy Papers with the UN Common Country Assessments.
Specific themes and areas of co-operation
Contacts with the UN Secretariat have identified themes and areas for EU-UN co-operation. The Council endorses the following specific themes and areas as the focus of the EU’s efforts to intensify interaction with the UN. They include: