Statement by H.E Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti,
Permanent Representative of the Federative Republic of Brazil, 
at the Briefing to the Security Council by the European Union High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

New York, 8th February 2011

It is a pleasure for me to welcome the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton, back to the Security Council.

Brazil fully appreciates the relevant contributions regional organizations can make to an enhanced multilateral system, having the United Nations at its centre. 

The High Representative has addressed many and varied manifestations of a very active and ongoing partnership with the United Nations in areas and activities of common interest. These range from conflict prevention and conflict resolution, crisis management and humanitarian assistance, to peacebuilding and longer-term stabilisation and development.

Brazil appreciates the role the EU has been playing in bringing a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, which is long overdue. We hope the peace process can be resumed and move forward quickly, so that the international community can soon achieve its common goal of two states, living side by side in peace and stability. 

Brazil also recognizes the concrete contributions given by the EU to peacebuilding around the world, from Sudan and Somalia to the DRC and Haiti. Supporting elections, promoting security sector reform, building institutions, among many other activities, are efforts in which the UN and the EU have developed a strong partnership.

In Haiti, we hope the electoral process can be soon concluded with credibility and full respect for the will of the people, so that Haiti can focus again on the much-needed work of reconstruction and development.

Another area of specific interest to Brazil, as Chair of the country-specific configuration of the PBC, is the continued engagement of the EU in Guinea-Bissau. That country needs such engagement to build democratic governance and to effectively address its key challenges of stability, reconciliation, fighting impunity and combating drug trafficking. 

In the same vein, we encourage the European Union to continue investing in local capacity-building and social and economic development in fragile and conflict-affected countries. 

Brazil strongly believes that the interlinkages between peace, security and development must be acknowledged as the Security Council discharges its responsibilities. 

We welcome the EUís participation and support to the high-level Security Council open debate Brazil has proposed to take place this Friday.

As we have been able to note during this session, the cooperation between the EU and the UN is strong and effective. It is our hope the changes brought about by the Treaty of Lisbon will help to further strengthen this important partnership. 

In our own region, through the Union of South American Nations (UNASUL), we are consolidating a genuine zone of peace and prosperity. 

By promoting dialogue and understanding among South American countries, UNASUL gives its own contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security.