Lungu confers with UN General Assembly President


Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Effron Lungu, has held talks with President of the United States General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, on various issues of interest to Zambia and the UN.

The two leaders discussed the fourth coming United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Convention on Cluster Munitions peace and security in Africa among other matters.

During their meeting on Thursday last week, Dr Lungu informed Mr Jeremic about the co-hosting of the 20th session of United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly at the magnificent Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe from 24th August to 29th August 2013.

This is contained in a media statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today April 30th by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations, Chibaula Silwamba.

Dr Lungu expressed further gratitude to the international community for the confidence bestowed on Zambia and Zimbabwe.

He told Mr Jeremic that preparations for the UNWTO General Assembly are on course and reassured that the event would be a success.

Furthermore, Dr Lungu informed Mr Jeremic that Zambia would host the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in September 2013, to which he is also invited.

And Mr Jeremic expressed willingness to attend the UNWTO, adding that he looked forward to visiting Lusaka, a town where his parents once lived.

He also commended Zambia’s outstanding role in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), promotion of peace and unity among its neighbours and the continent.

And to end his three day trip to New York at the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the UN, the Foreign Affairs Minister said the thematic debate on Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in Africa was important to Zambia and Africa as a whole.

Dr Lungu advised that Africans must look for solutions to any conflict within themselves instead of depending on external forces.

The Foreign Affairs Minister was at the UN Headquarters representing President Michael Sata at the High level thematic debate on Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in Africa organised by Mr Jeremic and African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma on April 25, 2013.