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Tue, 08/09/2011 - 12:45
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Ban welcomes steps taken by Member States to prevent genocide, mass atrocities

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 9 (KUNA) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Monday welcomed steps taken by Member States to prevent genocide and mass atrocities, his press office said in a statement.
Such steps were taken by US President Obama last Thursday to strengthen his Government's capacity to help prevent genocide and other mass atrocity crimes.
"If the responsibility to protect is to become fully operational, the solemn commitments undertaken by Member States at the United Nations will have to be matched by innovative and sustained measures at the national level," the statement said.
It added in this regard that the establishment of an inter-agency Atrocities Prevention Board, the measures to end impunity, and the review of US policies and capacities are "promising initiatives." Ban has also been "encouraged" by other "important" initiatives as well.
Under a responsibility to protect framework, Costa Rica, Denmark and Ghana have established a network of focal points in Member State capitals for the prevention and halting of mass atrocities. Argentina, Switzerland, and Tanzania have convened a series of regional conferences on the prevention of genocide.
"The Secretary-General looks forward to working with all Member States, regional and sub-regional arrangements, and civil society on early and coordinated action to prevent mass atrocities," the statement concluded.